Francis Logan

Francis Logan

Minister for Energy; Resources; Industry and Enterprise

    Grants boost for heritage in Northbridge and Perth

    5/12/2005 12:00 AM

    Two historic properties in Northbridge and Perth are set to benefit from the Gallop Government’s $1million program to conserve the State’s heritage assets.

    Heritage Minister Francis Logan announced today that the owners of the Ada, Alfred and Arthur Villas in Newcastle Street, Northbridge would receive a $27,800 grant to replace the verandah roof, install new jarrah verandah decking and treat rising damp.

    Mr Logan also announced a $12,000 grant to assist in the preparation of a conservation plan for the Atlas Building on The Esplanade in Perth. The plan will serve as a guide to future conservation and management of the site.

    The two properties are among 29 heritage sites around the State to receive grants in 2005-06 to help pay for important maintenance and restoration work.

    “Both buildings are significant heritage landmarks,” the Minister said.

    “The Ada, Alfred and Arthur Villas are a rare group of residences in the Federation Italianate style, dating back to the 1890s.

    “While they do not look much now, today’s heritage grant will pave the way for the villas to be restored. The potential for heritage buildings to be conserved and adapted to new, contemporary uses is showcased in nearby Aberdeen Street, where many heritage places have been magnificently restored.

    “The Atlas Building is a 1930s commercial building with Art Deco decorative elements and high quality architectural craftsmanship and detailing.”

    Mr Logan said the $1million grants were a significant investment by the Gallop Government.

    The Minister said the grants provided vital assistance to private owners undertaking conservation works and planning, including repairing stonework, improving drainage and stabilising sites.

    “The grants will ensure the survival of many of our important heritage landmarks, like these two properties in Northbridge and Perth,” he said.

    Mr Logan said the Heritage Council had received 56 applications for funding under the Heritage Grants Program. Over the past eight years, the program had provided almost $7million to the owners of heritage properties to help conserve the State’s built heritage.

    “The grants provide much-needed assistance to private owners and help ensure the State's heritage gems are conserved for future generations to enjoy,” he said.

    “It is another example of the Gallop Government acting to protect and enhance Western Australia's unique lifestyle and environment.”

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