Michelle Roberts

Michelle Roberts

Minister for Housing and Works; Indigenous Affairs; Heritage; Land Information

    Minister awards heritage grants to Mid-West projects

    23/11/2007 1:00 PM

    Heritage Minister Michelle Roberts announced today that more than $135,000 had been awarded to help conserve heritage-listed places in the Mid-West.

    Mrs Roberts said the State’s Heritage Grants program was assisting four private owners in the region to conserve a number of the Mid-West’s historical buildings.

    “These grants will be used to help restore and conserve significant buildings that would otherwise be lost,” she said.

    The Minister said Melangata Station in Yalgoo would receive $65,000 to carry out a range of urgent conservation works.

    “Melangata homestead was built in 1926 and is the State’s only private designed building by renowned architect Monsignor John Hawes and it is one of his very few domestic works worldwide,” she said.

    “The homestead was cleverly designed for the extremely hot and arid Mid-West climate. It features intricate pressed metal ceilings throughout, and a chapel in the west wing.

    “Another of the region’s historic homesteads, Newmarracarra at Kojareena, has been allocated $40,000 for roof works.

    “Built in 1910, Newmarracarra was possibly the largest and certainly one of the finest rural homesteads at that time. During World War II, it was used by the armed forces and in the 1970s it was a camp for students from Catholic Church schools in Geraldton.”

    The Geraldton Customs House Complex will receive $20,000 to carry out conservation work to its walls.

    “The complex was established in 1935 to provide customs facilities and it reflects the early growth of industries in the region,” Mrs Roberts said.

    “During World War II, the complex was used as the base for the Australian Navy's operations in the region, and customs staff were trained in explosion and demolition techniques to assist in defending Geraldton from possible attack.

    “The complex still operates as the Australian Customs Service’s Geraldton office.”

    The owners of the Murchison Club Hotel, built in 1896, will receive $11,200 to help fund a conservation plan. Conservation plans are essential in the planning of conservation works.

    “The Murchison Club Hotel is one of the largest buildings in Cue, and situated prominently on the main intersection, it continues to be a very important meeting place for locals and visitors,” the Minister said.

    “I thank the owners for their dedication to the conservation of these important places and I am pleased to be able to support their efforts through the annual Heritage Grants Program.”

    Geraldton MLA Shane Hill welcomed the grants for the region’s historic buildings.

    “The Mid-West has played an important part in the State’s history,” Mr Hill said.

    “The Government’s grants program and the $135,000 awarded to the region this year will mean significant buildings will be able to be preserved for generations to come.

    “It is vital that local homesteads, buildings and structures are conserved to enhance our understanding of WA’s early development.

    “Conservation of heritage can help future generations to understand who we are and how the past has formed our community and environment.”

    In total, 32 places across the State have benefited from this year’s Heritage Grants Program.

    Minister's office: 9213 6600