Owners of heritage places recognised for their significance to the State will be able to access more support to conserve their properties under new measures announced in the 2012-13 State Budget.
Heritage Minister John Castrilli today announced the Heritage Council’s Heritage Grants and Incentives Program has been increased by 25 per cent, with an additional $1.046million allocated over four years.
In 2011, with the release of the State’s first Cultural Heritage Policy, the Liberal-National Government undertook to provide practical support to property owners so that properties are protected and conserved.
“This is the first increase in this program since its inception in 1996-97, and will assist private owners to care for State heritage-listed places so they can be used and enjoyed today and by future generations,” Mr Castrilli said.
“This is another demonstration of the importance this Government places on our heritage.
“Other initiatives include undertaking a major review of the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1995; increasing the penalties for unauthorised demolition or damage to heritage properties; and reducing the red tape for owners who wish to undertake works on their properties.”
The Heritage Grants and Incentives Program contributes to the conservation of cultural heritage places in WA for the benefit of present and future generations.
Heritage grants are available to the more than 500 private owners among the 1,300 places entered in the Register of Heritage Places.
“This Government values the contributions private owners make to conserving places that are of significance to the whole community,” the Minister said.
Other major Govt investments in the conservation of heritage properties include:
$5million - Goldfields Earthquake Restoration Fund
$250,000 - St Mary’s Church, South Perth
Minister’s office - 6552 6600