Tamworth Regional Council offers $45,000 to preserve region's built heritage

FUNDING: Councillor Juanita Wilson encourages locals to grab a hold of funding now available to preserve the region's heritage. Photo: Peter Hardin
FUNDING: Councillor Juanita Wilson encourages locals to grab a hold of funding now available to preserve the region's heritage. Photo: Peter Hardin

COUNCIL has $45,000 to ensure the rich built-history of the region has a long future.

Tamworth Regional Council is calling on locals to put forward nominations for the heritage assistance fund, which closes next Friday.

Chair of council’s heritage working group, Juanita Wilson, said the funding should spark a pasion in the commmunity for preserving history.

“What it’s actually doing is … engendering responsibility on upcoming generations to say we need to think hard about how we deal with our history,” Cr Wilson told The Leader.

“Council now acknowledges that heritage is significant to a community and if you don’t preserve it, you lose it.

“There’s really a growing interest in our heritage, and not only the heritage, but the stories that go with it.”

The fund can assist with projects that improve the appearance of buildings with historical significance, such as repainting, repair or replacement of items such as verandahs, roofs or fences.

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Council will match funding, dollar-for-dollar, on the winning nominations with the $45,000 kitty, which includes $6500 from the NSW Heritage Branch.

While it’s a significant investment from council, Cr Wilson said it wouldn’t be able to assist Manilla’s wooden viaduct bridge, whcih locals are fighting to save.

“It’s dollar-for-dollar funding, and if we look at round figures, it would be over a million,” she said.

“I think the best outcome for [the viaduct], this is my personal opinion, would be to preserve a section of that.

“To get that up to safety standards, it would be millions and then it’s got to be maintained.”

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However, the funding could allow business owners to tidy-up any significant facades around the region.

“Say someone has got an air-conditioner across the window of a facade or down-pipes coming down the centre, if they apply for funding to remove that or put the down-pipes down the side of the building,” she said.

2016 heritage assistance fund recipients

  • Playhouse Hotel Barraba - Repair and restore worn damaged sections of the exterior façade of building facing Queen and Maude Streets.
  • Goonoo Goonoo Pastoral Pty Ltd - Activate disused shearing shed for historical display at Goonoo Goonoo Station
  • Sally Fielding - Repairs and painting of damage to exterior of the former Mechanics Institute
  • Tamworth City Uniting Church – Repairs to church roofing
  • Mr Mauger / Ms Buchan – Repairs to verandah and replacement of structural posts and peers to dwelling (Duncans Creek)
  • Mr Davis – Repainting and restoration of roof on existing buildings (Manilla)
  • St Laurence’s Anglican Church – Repairs and repainting to walls of the vicarage and parish hall
  • Lodge of St Andrews, Manilla – Exterior painting of lodge
  • Nundle Post Office – Repainting of exterior of building
  • Barraba P&A Association – Exterior window awning, block out blind, access step to pavilion