Michelle Roberts

Michelle Roberts

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

    Minister awards heritage grants to Wheatbelt projects

    28/11/2007 5:30 PM

    Five heritage projects in the State’s Wheatbelt have been awarded funding as part of the State Government’s annual Heritage Grants Program.

    Heritage Minister Michelle Roberts said each project was an important reminder of the colonial way of life and the early development of Western Australia’s country communities.

    “One of the heritage projects, the Wongan Hills Railway House, is among an estimated 80 properties of a similar design constructed between 1920 and 1930 to accommodate railway workers,” Mrs Roberts said.

    “The house was built after the development of the railway line from Northam to Mullewa and the resulting expansion of agriculture in the region.

    “The owners will receive $30,000 to carry out important roofworks.”

    Other recipients were the Railway Housing Precinct in Merredin, which includes 11 Federation dwellings and is another reminder of the importance of the railway system to our State’s early development. The precinct is a rare example of such extensive railway housing and will receive $14,000 to prepare a conservation plan.

    The Pingelly Post Office will also benefit from a conservation plan, having been awarded a grant of $5,700. The post office contributes to the local community’s sense of place and represents the growth and prosperity of the town before World War I.

    The Bruce Rock Hotel was one of six State Hotels constructed in developing country districts between 1911 and 1916 and it is still a valued local meeting place. The hotel is receiving $4,200 towards to the development of a conservation plan.

    Narrogin’s National Bank has been a major provider of financial services in the local area for more than a century. The original stables serve as a reminder of bank managers travelling on horseback to visit clients who lived on remote properties. The National Bank was allocated $5,400 to help prepare a conservation plan.

    Mrs Roberts said the heritage grants program was a great way for the government to support private owners in the conservation of heritage places.

    “Heritage grants help celebrate and conserve the stories of our past for generations to come,” she said.

    “I am pleased to be able to recognise and support the dedication efforts of the owners towards the ongoing conservation of these important places.”

    Minister's office: 9213 6600