War memorial and Maloney Gates to benefit from heritage funding

Published on 30 June 2020

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The Maloney Gates in Taree Park and the war memorial in Nabiac Park will be repaired and restored over the coming year as part of MidCoast Council’s local heritage program.

Almost $8,000 will be spent on repairing and restoring the historic Maloney Gates, an important feature of the heritage listed Taree Park. A sum of $6,800 will be used to complete the restoration of the Nabiac Park War Memorial.

Allocations under Council’s Local Heritage Fund, which provides financial assistance to owners of heritage buildings to undertake restoration works and conservation plans, were endorsed at last week’s Council meeting.

The fund provides an incentive for owners to maintain heritage buildings and is jointly funded by Council and the NSW Heritage Branch.

“This fund has been successful in providing a helping hand to landowners of heritage homes who are often faced with costs to maintain the property as they need to use specialist materials, construction methods or services to maintain the heritage character of their homes,” Council’s Director of Liveable Communities, Paul De Szell explained.

The Council meeting also endorsed the allocation of  $30,000 to 16 applicants, and estimates this will result in works anticipated to be worth more than $130,000.

Each fund allocation varies depending on the extent of works proposed, the visibility and public accessibility of the project and whether the applicant had received funds previously.

“Conservation of these heritage places has a positive community impact for current and future generations, not only by extending the life of our local heritage items and areas, but also supporting local businesses undertaking this work,” Mr De Szell said.

Examples of the work being undertaken as a result of the funding includes repairing front fences, replacing guttering and fascia boards, external painting, replacement of roofing and repairs to windows and verandahs.

There are terms and conditions attached to the funding allocations with all successful applicants required to have their projects completed by the end of April 2021 and regular reviews are conducted to ensure the work is on track.

“This funding is about helping heritage property owners to bring their beautiful buildings back to life. It takes a lot of hard work and passion to restore and maintain a heritage property and we have seen some incredible works through this initiative in the past.”

For further information on the Local Heritage Fund and how to apply for future funding rounds, visit www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/LHF