Hon John Castrilli MLA

Hon John Castrilli MLA

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

    Government increases State heritage funding

    11/12/2012 12:00 AM
    • $1.25million for this year’s heritage grants program
    • More than $400,000 to heritage properties in regional WA
    A historic 107-year-old Freshwater Bay boatshed is among 20 Western Australian projects to receive funding under the State Government’s 2012-13 Heritage Grants program.

    Part of the only surviving cluster of privately owned boatsheds on the Swan River, the structure is partly owned by descendants of renowned architect and World War I hero, Lieutenant General Sir Joseph John Talbot. The boatshed receives nearly $99,000 for restoration.

    Heritage Minister John Castrilli said this year’s funding of $1.25million would produce more than $3million in conservation works around the State.

    In all, 10 regional and 10 metropolitan projects will receive funding as part of the Liberal-National Government’s commitment to heritage conservation.

    “Funding for the grants program was increased by 25 per cent this year, with an additional $1.046million allocated over four years.  It is the first increase in the program’s history,” Mr Castrilli said.

    “The additional funding means owners will receive more support to assist in the conservation and revitalisation of State Registered places.”

    Grants will be provided to properties from Esperance to Coolgardie and Wiluna.

    Of the successful projects, six will receive the maximum funding of $100,000, including the Old York Hospital; Mine Manager’s House, Wiluna; Royal King’s Park Tennis Club; 29 Fothergill Street, Fremantle; Perth’s McNess Royal Arcade and London Court.

    Since 1997, 623 projects have been awarded grants of more than $13million through the program, which is administered by the Heritage Council of WA through the State Heritage Office.
          Fact File
    • The State Government’s first Cultural Heritage policy released in February 2011
    • Further details on Heritage Grants Program recipients at http://stateheritage.wa.gov.au
    • Liberal-National Government committed to providing advice and practical assistance to heritage property owners; and increased number of financial grants for conservation of privately owned heritage buildings by 25%
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