Boost for Fremantle’s heritage buildings

Boost for Fremantle’s heritage buildings

Five heritage building in Fremantle are among 23 Western Australian heritage projects to receive funding under the State Government’s 2017-18 Heritage Grants Program.

The grants program, overseen by the Heritage Council of Western Australia, offers dollar-for-dollar funding for grants of up to $100,000, including conservation plans to help guide works.

The Heritage Council’s grants program is one of the few grant programs in Australia that assists private owners with the costs associated with maintaining heritage places.

Since the Heritage Grants Program’s inception in 1997, 768 heritage projects have received grants totalling more than $19.5 million.

“I am thrilled that so many Fremantle properties have secured heritage grants for much needed conservation work,” said State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk.

“Freo’s heritage buildings add enormous value to our community and local economy. We have an obligation to maintain them.”

Heritage Minister David Templeman said, “In total, this year’s Heritage Grants Program will provide funding of $1.22 million which, when combined with owner contributions, will generate more than $3 million in conservation works around the State.”

“This partnership between Government and private owners helps ensure the long-term viability of our State’s cultural heritage, and promotes local jobs and heritage tourism.”

“This funding will allow private owners to conserve and revitalise ten regional and 13 metropolitan State Registered heritage properties and protect some of our State’s most valuable heritage assets.”