A Helping Hand for Heritage Properties

Cessnock City Council is excited to announce funding for heritage grants made possible by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

Cessnock City Council is excited to announce funding for heritage grants made possible by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent welcomed the funding for our local government area which has such a rich history.  

“We are fortunate to have over 200 heritage listed items that showcase the strong history of our community”.  

“The Local Heritage Fund is another way we are working to retain and restore our heritage properties and follow on from the adoption of the Heritage policy earlier this year”, Cr Pynsent said.  

The fund aims to provide financial assistance to owners or managers of heritage items for conservation, maintenance works or Building Code upgrades.  

This year, the grant is targeted at the commercial areas in Cessnock, Branxton and Kurri Kurri. Owners of Heritage properties in these areas will receive a letter from Council.  

Council has recently adopted the Branxton Subregional Land Use Strategy and is developing a Master Plan and Strategy for the Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Commercial areas.  

There are a number of significant heritage items in these areas that will further enhance the character and overall streetscape in keeping with long term visions for the towns.

Projects which can be funded include:    

  • conservation projects;
  • maintenance works;
  • adaptive re-use projects;
  • interpretive projects; and
  • conservation management plans.  

A complete list of what can be funded is provided in the Local Heritage Fund Guidelines on Council’s webpage www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/community/grants/localheritageplacesgrant.

The current round of funding will close on Monday 31 October 2016 and all projects must to be completed by the 15 March 2017. Successful applicants may be eligible for up to $2000 funding, matched dollar for dollar.