$17,000 for Parramatta's heritage assets

Geoff with Dr Tracey Avery, Director, Heritage Division, Office of Environment and Heritage for Heritage, Minister Rob Stokes.

Geoff with Dr Tracey Avery, Director, Heritage Division, Office of Environment and Heritage for Heritage, Minister Rob Stokes.

Parramatta council received two NSW government grants totalling $17,000 to protect and conserve its heritage assets.

Minister for Heritage, the Hon. Rob Stokes announced the grants at the 2014 Local Government Heritage Seminar, held in the converted Old King's School building in Parramatta.

Long-time advocate of Parramatta’s heritage potential, Geoff Lee, Member for Parramatta said it was a fitting location for this announcement. 

“It’s great that the Minister recognises the value of our heritage assets and the need to be creative in order to make them a resilient and intrinsic part of our landscape," Mr Lee said.

“The NSW Heritage Grants program is designed to provide direct financial assistance to private owners, councils and community-based organisations to maintain and improve their heritage assets.”

Mr Stokes said $1.46 million for 181 new projects would protect heritage places and conserve historic places for future generations.

“The NSW Government is committed to caring for places of heritage significance and supporting projects which protect our heritage while adapting sites for new uses.

“New heritage projects can also boost tourism and employment opportunities, particularly in rural and regional communities.”

A full list of projects funded under the 2014/15 NSW Heritage Grants program can be found at http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/Heritage/funding/

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