$5.4 million to help preserve NSW's Heritage

NSW Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton today marked this year's National Heritage Festival by announcing more than $5 million in grants to almost 220 projects to protect, manage and celebrate the state's heritage.

Heritage building, Sydney city

Councils, Aboriginal organisations, peak organisations and owners of heritage items were awarded a share of the funding under the NSW Government's Heritage Grants Program.

"These successful grant projects will help communities across the state continue to preserve and promote our connection with our past," Ms Upton said.

"Four Aboriginal Heritage projects for declared Aboriginal Places will share almost $240,000 to protect and preserve Aboriginal heritage.

"I encourage people to use this week to explore their local heritage. There are a number of National Trust NSW Heritage Festival events running until 21 May for people to celebrate our state's heritage."

Some of the successful projects, included:

  • $150,000 over two years for work at the old Newcastle Post Office
  • $150,000 for roof restoration at St Stephens Uniting Church in Sydney
  • $150,000 for restoration work at the Bathurst Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint John
  • $125,000 for conservation of the historic Wilson's Cottage at Rockdale

"This funding will help communities across the state to continue to value and care for their heritage," Ms Upton said.

For more information, visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au/Heritage/funding/ or to find a National Trust NSW Heritage Festival event, go to www.nationaltrust.org.au/ahf/nsw/.