Funds made avail­able for heritage sites

Grants of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties for projects

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery

Steven Miles: This is a great op­por­tu­nity for ap­pli­cants who want to con­serve and re­store Queens­land’s heritage listed places.

AP­PLI­CA­TIONS are be­ing sought for the first round of the new $12 mil­lion grants pro­gram an­nounced in the State Bud­get to sup­port heritage, en­vi­ron­ment and wildlife projects.

Min­is­ter for En­vi­ron­ment and Heritage Pro­tec­tion Dr Steven Miles said the Depart­ment was kick­ing off the pro­gram with the heritage round.

“There are three cat­e­gories un­der the new Com­mu­nity Sus­tain­abil­ity Ac­tion grants to sup­port heritage, en­vi­ron­ment and wildlife projects,” Dr Miles said.

“The first to open will be ‘Con­serv­ing Queens­land’s heritage places.”

North Burnett Re­gional Coun­cil­lor for Di­vi­sion 4 John Zahl said that coun­cil would need time to look over the guide­lines and re­quire­ments for the grants be­fore com­mit­ting to any site or project.

“To go that one step fur­ther and nom­i­nate build­ings or projects for the grants will have to wait, we don’t have any­thing in mind as yet,” Mr Zahl said.

“We will need to read the guide­lines very closely be­fore de­cid­ing on any po­ten­tial nom­i­na­tions.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions open on Tues­day, July 19 with in­for­ma­tion be­ing re­leased on Satur­day, July 16.

Grants of up to $50,000 will be avail­able for heritage projects to im­prove or re­store places of heritage value.

“A to­tal of $12 mil­lion in grant fund­ing will be avail­able over three years, $680,000 of which will be al­lo­cated to heritage projects un­der round one,” Dr Miles said.

“This is a great op­por­tu­nity for ap­pli­cants who want to con­serve and re­store Queens­land’s heritage listed places.”

To re­ceive fund­ing the site must first be on the Queens­land Heritage Reg­is­ter or on a lo­cal gov­ern­ment reg­is­ter.

Gayn­dah and the sur­round­ing area cur­rently has 35 heritage listed build­ings and lo­ca­tions on the Queens­land Heritage Reg­is­ter.

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