Boost Local Heritage Protection

Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott today welcomed $28.5 million in new heritage funding from the NSW Government, and encouraged local residents to put the heritage treasures of Baulkham Hills forward for support.

Under the new Heritage Near Me initiative, the NSW Government will fund a new Heritage Roadshow team of experts and a series of grants: the Heritage Activation Grants Program; the Local Heritage Community and Local Government Grants Program and Heritage Green Energy Grants Program.

“I am delighted the NSW Government is offering this new support to local heritage,” Mr Elliott, Patron of The Hills District Historical Society, said.

“I encourage members of our local community to apply for grant funding under this new initiative and to call for a visit to Baulkham Hills from the new Heritage Roadshow team so we can further discover and celebrate the links to our past.

“The Heritage Roadshow team will be made up of eight specialists who will visit local areas to record historical information, support the community to protect important places and help local councils improve skills among their heritage staff.

“The team will work with local communities by assisting with technical advice; leveraging public and private investment in heritage items; and assisting local councils to identify, manage and protect local heritage.

“The Office of Environment and Heritage will work with local councils and communities to determine the best and most effective method to make contact with the Heritage Roadshow team and access their expertise. The team is expected to become active later this year.

“The new Heritage Activation Grants Program will support heritage asset owners such as local councils to reactivate heritage spaces and precincts through works to support public access, ongoing heritage activities and safety improvements.

“There will be funding for minor conservation works and to help provide expert technical advice and service through the Local Heritage Community and Local Government Grants Program, which will help enhance local heritage assets.

“The Heritage Green Energy Grants Program will support energy efficiency upgrades for businesses using heritage listed buildings.

“Members of our local community will be able to apply for these grant programs when they come online next year.”