Hon John Castrilli MLA

Hon John Castrilli MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    State grants offered to preserve local history

    15/07/2011 12:00 AM
     
    The State Government is making $1million in grants available to help conserve Western Australia’s heritage.

    Heritage Minister John Castrilli said private owners of State-registered heritage places could apply for individual grants of up to $100,000 through the Heritage Council of WA’s 2011-12 Heritage Grants Program.

    The funds assist with the conservation and revitalisation of heritage properties and owners are required to match funds to the projects.

    Mr Castrilli said the program was in its 15th year and more than $11.1million had been made available to property owners to enable them to develop plans and undertake conservation work.

    “Since 1997, 584 projects have been funded through the program, including Earlsferry in Bassendean, the Pemberton Timber Mill Workers’ Cottage Precinct and the First Church of Christ in Perth,” he said.

    In 2010, the 168-year-old Henton Cottage in Australind received $80,000 to replace its shingle roof.  The cottage is one of three earliest remaining buildings from the original Australind townsite.

    The Minister said heritage conservation preserved the stories of WA’s past and shaped the State’s future identity.

    “The Heritage Grants Program is the State Government’s way of helping private owners of places that are recognised for their importance to our heritage,” he said.

    “Private owners throughout WA are encouraged to apply for the grants.”

    To download an application form, visit http://www.heritage.wa.gov.au or phone the Office of Heritage on 9221 4177.

    Minister's office - 9213 6800