Pro­gram rings up grant for Bell work

Weekend Courier - - Front Page -

AN $18,093 her­itage grant will help to re­vi­talise Bell Cot­tage in Rock­ing­ham.

Al­though Bell Cot­tage is no long in­tact, the ru­ins serve as a tan­gi­ble re­minder of the de­vel­op­ment of the re­gion.

The State Gov­ern­ment grant will al­low the own­ers to un­der­take an ar­chae­o­log­i­cal study and de­velop a con­ser­va­tion man­age­ment plan.

Tre­cap Pty Ltd is the owner of Bell Cot­tage and the com­pany ap­plied for the fund­ing.

The his­tory of Bell Cot­tage dates back to the late 1800s. About 1854 to 1855, James Bell bought land from Henry Meade and be­gan con­struc­tion of Bell Cot­tage in the late 1860s.

The cot­tage was built of stone and roofed with jar­rah shin­gles. Later a large stone barn was built to store hay.

The Her­itage Grants pro­gram, over­seen by the Her­itage Coun­cil of Western Aus­tralia, of­fers dol­lar-for-dol­lar fund­ing for grants of up to $100,000, in­clud­ing con­ser­va­tion plans to help guide the works.

The pro­gram is one of the few grant pro­grams in Aus­tralia that as­sists pri­vate own­ers with the costs as­so­ci­ated with main­tain­ing her­itage sites. Since the pro­gram’s in­cep­tion in 1997, 768 her­itage pro­jects have re­ceived grants to­talling more than $19.5 mil­lion.

The ru­ins of Bell Cot­tage are at 371 Man­durah Road in East Rock­ing­ham.

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