Heritage grant renamed
THE Town of Claremont will honour former councillor Mike Balfe after he was killed while riding his bike on a US highway in October.
Councillors voted unanimously to change the name of the Town’s heritage maintenance grant to the Mike Balfe heritage maintenance grant to recognise Mr Balfe’s contribution to built heritage in the Claremont community.
Mr Balfe served as a councillor from 1997 to 2003 and dedicated his time to supporting the retention of heritage buildings in the community.
Paying tribute to Mr Balfe, councillors Bruce Haynes and Paul Kelly spoke of his passion, dedication, passion and compassion not only to the Town but also to everybody he met.
“He was a great contributor,” Cr Kelly said.
“He was passionate and within that passion he greatly respected the view of others.
“It wasn’t a kind of single direction; he was happy to discuss debate, chat, persuade and more importantly listen.”
The grant, open to ratepayers on the Town’s heritage list, offers between $1000 and $5000 for conservation work on significant heritage dwellings.