Yarrawonga Chronicle

Main streets’ focus

- BY ROBERT MUIR

Council has been successful in obtaining a grant of $12,000 to continue the Heritage Advisory Service and $6,000 to re-establish a Local Heritage Fund which provides small grants to property owners of heritage buildings.

The heritage advisory contract for 2019-21 ended on June 30, 2021. Expression­s of interest are being sought for a heritage advisor for 2021/23.

Council’s director developmen­t and environmen­tal services Susan Appleyard said council staff targeted main streets for the grants to be given because they are “highly visible and improve the understand­ing of heritage values”.

Cr Fred Longmire asked if council could potentiall­y look at ‘The Tim Fischer Way’ push by Lockhart Shire Council. The next councillor workshop is expected to discuss the matter.

Also on the councillor workshop agenda is expected to a push for more heritage grant funding by Cr Bronwyn Thomas.

“I absolutely welcome Federation Council’s commitment to documentin­g (appointmen­t of Heritage Advisor), educating and facilitati­ng the linkage between heritage and conservati­on works within Federation Shire,” she said.

“This ongoing commitment with these funds and the opportunit­y to secure future funding will allow our communitie­s to undertake significan­t maintenanc­e projects.

“The highlight is engaging with other community bodies and the setting of the Local Heritage Funds Grants target for Main Street Heritage Projects.”

Local heritage fund grants priority for 20212023 will be for Main Street Heritage Items within the Federation Council area.

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