Heritage buildings to feel the love from new Special Heritage Fund

8 September 2015

Queanbeyan City Council's newly-created Special Heritage Fund has been described as one of the best initiatives in the region by Council's Heritage Advisor.

The Special Heritage Fund has been set up to provide assistance to owners and managers of buildings listed on the heritage schedule in the Queanbeyan Local Environmental Plan 2013. Priority will be given to buildings owned or managed by community-based not for profit organisations and the fund is now available to owners of private properties.

"Council has allocated $100,000 towards this Special Heritage Fund for 2015 and plans to allocate a further $50,000 in upcoming financial years," Queanbeyan Mayor, Cr Tim Overall said.

"The Special Heritage Fund came about after Council received three submissions on its 2015-16 Operational Plan from not for profit organisations that needed to undertake some restoration work on heritage.

"The establishment of this fund will allow Council to assist these organisations in undertaking work to ensure these heritage properties, which have significant value to the community, are adequately maintained.

"With Queanbeyan closing in on its 177th birthday, it's important that we ensure attention is given to our heritage properties. Council's Heritage Advisor, Pip Giovanelli is very excited about the fund and said it would enable big ticket heritage items to receive assistance."

Applications for the Special Heritage Fund are open until Wednesday 30 September and application forms can be downloaded from qccoldsite.staging.elcomcms.com or obtained from Council's Customer Service Centre at 257 Crawford St or Level 1, 12 Rutledge St, Queanbeyan.