Heritage Near Me funded projects: Local Heritage Strategic Project grants

The Local Heritage Strategic Projects program supported local communities to enhance and protect their local heritage assets. The focus of the program was to drive innovation and improve the long term sustainability and management of NSW’s heritage spaces and values. These strategic projects were developed in collaboration with the Heritage Near Me Team after Expressions of Interest.

The following projects were approved by the NSW Government through the Heritage Near Me incentives program from 2017-2018.

Note: The 4-year Heritage Near Me program ended in June 2019. There are no longer any grants available under this program. Check the list of other grant funding opportunities.

Local Heritage Strategic Projects

Project title


Project purpose

Approved funding

ANZ Bank Building Murwillumbah

J & M Anthony

This project delivers two inter-linked deliverables – physical conservation works to a local heritage item, and the delivery of a simple education resource aimed at owners and managers of local heritage, that will also be offered as a training opportunity to owners of heritage items.


Baryulgil Cemetery

Baryulgil Local Aboriginal Land Council

This project seeks to understand the intangible values associated with the Baryulgil local cemetery and to identify the physical location of burials across the site. The project will empower the Baryulgil community to maintain the practice of connection to country through the care and identification of burial sites and the formulation of a maintenance guide for the community to continue this care into the future.


Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail

Bathurst Regional Council

The Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail is a cultural and educational journey around five significant heritage sites in Bathurst – Australia’s oldest inland European settlement. The Trail journey coincides with Heritage Week events. It activates heritage places to showcase artisans practicing rare trades, with demonstrations and exhibitions to celebrate our cultural, natural and built heritage.


Bega's Biggah – Stories of connection

South East Local Land Services

The project will see the creation of augmented reality stories co-produced with the local Aboriginal community. The project will also develop digital production and storytelling skills within the local Aboriginal community, create an educational resource and Heritage Near Me web app content.


Berrima, Sutton Forest and Exeter Heritage Cultural Landscape Project

Berrima Residents Association

The project aims to develop community awareness and pride in the significant heritage values of the Berrima and Sutton Forest cultural landscape. Building on professional studies already completed, an interpretation strategy and a schedule of community events will be developed in line with the Council’s heritage and tourism priorities.


Bike Town - a community engagement and multi-media project and exhibition

Cast Net Productions

Bike Town is a collaboration between Cast Net Productions and Grafton Regional Gallery that will capture, share and preserve Grafton's long cycling history through four components: an animation film; a program of community engagement and artists’ residency; a multi-media exhibition, and; a launch event and artists' talk to connect communities and heritage.


Blueprint in Solutions for Balancing Australian Heritage Standards and BCA Compliance

The Trustee for Victoria House Unit trust

This project will provide funds for the development of a series of architectural design solutions supporting the adaptive reuse of the former Sisters of Mercy Convent, 69 Vivian Street, Inverell (The Convent). The Convent, currently undergoing conversion to boutique tourist accommodation, is currently not code compliant with Australian standards for fire safety, disability access or other amenity measures such as acoustic separation. This project will create a series of performance solutions to satisfy the various standards with technical drawings and supporting guidelines which will be the foundation material for the Heritage Near Me Local Heritage resource tools.


Bowral New Empire Cinema restoration and heritage seminar series

G & M Kroon

This project will deliver important maintenance work on the New Empire Cinema in Bowral and a series of heritage information sessions for the community of Wingecarribee region.


Bringing Them Back - the reconstruction of three historic verandahs in Inverell

The Trustee for Victoria House Unit Trust & Oxford Hotel, Inverell

Bringing Them Back is a collaboration of five private owners who are each re-purposing heritage listed buildings in the Inverell town centre. The owners are collaborating to undertake these reconstruction works as a trigger to improve the economic prosperity of the town centre, through beautification and adaptive reuse. A major community event will be held to connect people with their heritage at the completion of project.


Close Foundry and Blacksmith Museum

Close Nominees P/L Trading as JT & EN Close

In the Close family for over 100 years, the rear of the building is the modern foundry and engineering works, while the front of the building holds a century of blacksmith tools, furnaces and engines. This project will involve some structural repairs, and support the cataloguing of the collection, a significance assessment, a curatorial and exhibition plan, and a conservation report.


Coastal Erosion Aboriginal Sites Strategy, Northern Sydney

Northern Beaches Council

To provide a regional Aboriginal heritage coastal erosion management strategy for northern Sydney to prioritise detailed recording, monitoring, management and salvage options of vulnerable sites and to further engage the local community in the rich Aboriginal heritage of their local area. Sites will be recorded using traditional methods as well as examining options for 3D laser scanning, 360 degree recording and the use of drones for aerial imagery.


Community Conservation of the Historic Cemeteries of the Hawkesbury LGA

Hawkesbury City Council

This project is for the conservation and management of historic cemeteries across the Hawkesbury area and creates an opportunity for the local community to actively participate in the management, research and conservation of the cemeteries through workshops, hands on heritage trades training, and the development of interpretative signage.


Conservation works on the former Australia Arms Hotel & production of an educational resource for heritage owners and managers.

D & J Drayton

This project provides funds for the completion of priority remedial repairs to the former Australia Arms Hotel, a rare timber slab building. The works will also inform the production of an on-line education resource which will follow the progress of the repairs and provide guidance for the conservation of similar heritage sites.


Conserving O’Connell’s Earth Building Heritage

Oberon Council

The project will implement a program of earth building conservation at a number of historic earth buildings, incorporate a training program for owners/managers and industry professionals who work with vernacular earth architecture. A heritage trail will be developed. The University of Sydney will also explore using this assemblage of historic earth buildings in teaching its Masters of Heritage Conservation.


Dyraaba Station Homestead Complex and Dyraaba Historic Cemetery

P & R Clarke

This project is to develop and implement a conservation and future plan for the Dyraaba Station homestead complex and the Dyraaba Station Cemetery in order to define a sustainable restoration and maintenance programme.Stories will be developed for the Heritage Near Me Web App, covering the Dyraaba Station homestead complex, and the Dyraaba Station Cemetery.


Hawkesbury Community Heritage Study

Hawkesbury City Council

The development of a Hawkesbury Heritage Study and Inventory Sheets will aim to provide an overall Local Government Area Heritage Study for the Hawkesbury. The Council’s Heritage Advisory Committee and Working Group will work with community to identify opportunities, challenges and priorities for future heritage management, and identify what actions should be taken to continue to conserve, promote and manage the City’s heritage assets.


Hawkesbury LGA – Privately Owned Heritage properties - Remediation Works (Stages 1 & 2)

Hawkesbury City Council on behalf of multiple private owners

This project accommodates 25 individual Expressions of Interest received from heritage property owners in the Hawkesbury Local Government area. Stage 1 involves the preparation of a Schedule of Remediation Works to encompass required works and training for the 25 heritage property owners. Stage 2 will fund the works.


History in my hand - a virtual tour of The Long Paddock

The Long Paddock Committee

Creation of augmented reality stories that bring to life the history of the Long Paddock Touring Route in South Western NSW, from Echuca Moama through to Wilcannia. People will be able to use the latest digital technology to experience the history of the region through dynamic 5-10 minute augmented reality at the locations where the history happened.


Holy Trinity Anglican Church Conservation and Demonstration project

Holy Trinity Anglican Church - Glen Innes

This project is a collaboration between the Anglican Parish of Glen Innes and Glen Innes Severn Shire Council. The project will repair the roof of the Holy Trinity Church at Glen Innes, and provide a full-day training workshop on site to provide skills to local heritage item owners/managers and tradespeople.


Hunter Valley Heritage Vineyards Strategic Study

Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association

The Hunter Valley has some of the oldest surviving vineyards in the world. Planted on these vineyards are vines that are direct descendants of the original vine stocks bought into Australia in 1820 by James Busby. These vineyards and their planted stocks trace the birth of the Australian wine industry. This project seeks to broaden understanding of these items to study the cultural landscape at a regional level.


Imperial Hotel Bombala: verandah stabilisation

S Burton-Stones

The stabilisation of the late 19th century verandah of the Imperial Hotel in Bombala is the focus of this collaborative project between the hotel owners, Snowy Monaro Regional Council and Heritage Near Me. Achieving the structural longevity of the Imperial Hotel verandah, initiate development of a resource to encourage visitors to spend more time in Bombala and learn about the region’s heritage; and increase awareness of the value of built heritage by Council, owners and the community.


Keera Vale verandah reinstatement project & TAFE student heritage skills training

J Dixon

This project is a collaboration between owners of Keera Vale house, Wollongong City Council and Illawarra TAFE to reinstate the original verandahs on the heritage house. A collaboration with Illawarra TAFE will provide Building and Construction students with practical experience of working with heritage buildings. Knowledge of local heritage values will be increased through inclusion of Keera Vale in Wollongong Heritage trail.


Kingsford Smith Oval, Longueville - Conservation and Upgrading of Pavilion Building

Lane Cove Municipal Council

To conserve the heritage listed pavilion at Kingsford Smith Oval and upgrade to meet present day standards and to improve accessibility of the facility to a broader cross section of the community.


Kyogle History Museum project

Kyogle and District Historical Society

The Kyogle History Museum project will ensure that the Historical Society have the support to plan for their new museum by working with a museum specialist to review collections, develop interpretation and display options, and archiving solutions.


Liverpool City Council Heritage Inventory Update

Liverpool City Council

The purpose of this project is to undertake a comprehensive review of Liverpool City Councils inventories on the State Heritage Inventory database to improve awareness and understanding of the significance and value of the respective heritage items and develop guidelines and principles for future development or management.


Lockhart heritage values: restoration, skills development and awareness

Lockhart Shire Council

Through collaboration with about 30 property owners, Lockhart Shire Council aims to undertake critical heritage restoration works to existing buildings within the Green Street, Lockhart Heritage Conservation Area. This project will revitalise and protect local heritage assets and offer training in preventative maintenance and repair for local heritage owners.


Love heritage, why not?

Volunteer group Taree historic rates and valuation books

This project creates opportunities for the community to actively participate in preserving their own local heritage. It equips community members, including students, with specific skills to research and write their own heritage stories which will then be published on a website. A heritage event during the year will provide an opportunity to create awareness and deepen understanding of the region's unique and diverse local heritage.


Macksville Bridge – Brightening the future, highlighting our heritage

Nambucca Shire Council

This project connects people to the regional heritage significance of the bridge through new interpretations, streetscape improvements and bridge illuminations. It will achieve this through the design and installation of lighting that will highlight the bridge’s form and structure and illuminate the entries to the bridge.


Mid North Coast Maritime Museum Conservation Management Plan

Mid North Coast Maritime Museum Inc

To develop a conservation management plan, and restoration of, the Mid North Coast Maritime Museum group of sites.


Molonglo Radio Telescope: a heritage and education partnership

Dr Alison Wain - University of Canberra

This project will foster new avenues for public access and engagement with the 50-year­old Molonglo Radio Telescope, developing it into a centre for transformative encounters with science, the humanities and the physical world.


Monuments and Memorials Conservation Project

Liverpool City Council

Support the local conservation of monuments and memorials through the development of a central inventory of all monuments and memorials within the Liverpool local government area, and design appropriate conservation and maintenance guidelines with associated training materials and workshops.


Moulamein Heritage Village Hub

Moulamein Community Development Incorporated

This project is for the first stage of a community based venture that will establish a Moulamein Heritage Village Hub to showcase the township, surrounding district, tell its stories and contribute to a thriving local community. The Moulamein Heritage Village Hub project has been developed in partnership with Murray River Council and will become an orientation point for visitors, and a place for the conservation, protection and interpretation of local heritage assets that reflect the diverse history of the village.


Moyne Farm Cemetery – Conservation planning, site works and supporting visitor access in partnership with the National Trust Lithgow Branch

Nick di Falco

Set within the historic Moyne Farm cemetery (c.1826) in Little Hartley, this project has three objectives. These include the completion of essential monument repairs, erecting site fencing, developing a conservation management strategy and repair specification, and developing a plan with the Lithgow Branch of the National Trust to provide ongoing public access and interpretation of the cemetery.


Murama Cultural Heritage Project at Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic Park Authority

Strategic planning and pilot programming for adaptive reuse and sustainable activation of a Heritage building on the Parramatta River as an Indigenous Cultural Centre. Includes co-design of a cultural tourism strategy, development of an interpretive river-walk, creation of ceremonial dance space, an opening event and planning for ongoing public engagement.


Murringo – Built Heritage of the Hilltops Region

Murringo Community Association Inc

The restoration and interpretation of heritage items in the village of Murringo is the focus of this collaborative project between multiple private owners, Murringo Community Association, Hilltops Council, University of Canberra (UC) and Heritage Near Me.


Murringo Police Stables: restoration, awareness & skills development

Anthony James Porter

The restoration and interpretation of Murringo Police Stables in the village of Murringo is the focus of this collaborative project between multiple private owners, Murringo Community Association, Hilltops Council, University of Canberra (UC) & Heritage Near Me.


Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative

Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative

This project will support the identification, conservation and ongoing management of a place of Aboriginal heritage significance in the Nambucca region.


Our Living History Event, Goulburn 2018

Celebrate Goulburn Group Inc.

The Our Living History Event is to showcase Goulburn's many heritage icons. A number of heritage sites will come alive, connecting locals and visitors with the living heritage of Goulburn. The event aims to develop the community’s understanding of Goulburn’s diverse past and assist in supporting sustainable futures for this heritage by encouraging visitation and community pride in local heritage.


Pirie Chambers Historic Skills Training and Frontage Upgrade

The Trustee for Goyne Family Trust

To provide valuable learning opportunities for tradespeople in Broken Hill through a real-life conservation and repair project at Pirie Chambers. Participants will gain experience in specialist skills such as lime rendering, masonry and carpentry skills, roofing repairs and diagnostics, which can then be applied to future heritage projects in Broken Hill.


Preserving and promoting the heritage of the red gum timber industry

Murray River Council

The project will increase awareness and knowledge of the heritage of the red gum forests and timber industry in the Mathoura region. Research, collection and collation of valuable information and stories will be presented in a variety of user friendly ways. The community involvement and participation will be encouraged throughout the project.


Protecting and sharing the Historic 1851 Lecture Hall in Kiama’s CBD

Uniting Church Australia - Kiama

Protecting and sharing the Historic 1851 Lecture Hall in Kiama’s CBD aims to support the ongoing protection and celebration of the Church’s local heritage values through cultivating a proactive management framework for the heritage asset. It aims to become a multipurpose community hub that protects and celebrates the heritage values of the church and the surrounding heritage precinct in the Kiama CBD.


Restoration of Jindera Blacksmith Stables

Pioneer Museum and Historical Society

This project seeks to restore and reinstate the Stable and Blacksmith Shop (est. 1860’s), which are located within the historic precinct of Jindera. Once reinstated, it will be used by a blacksmith and farrier who will showcase their craft to visitors.


Robertson Community Information Centre and Heritage Trail enhancement

The Robertson Shed Inc

This project will see the completion of the Community Information Centre (CIC) in the village of Robertson. The CIC will provide a focus for community pride as it presents a narrative about the natural, Aboriginal, non-Aboriginal heritage of the village and surrounding area. It will also enhance the existing Robertson Heritage Trail through development of content for the Heritage Near Me app.


Securing the future of Booberoi Station Woolshed

D & S Stewart

This project aims to secure the future of the Booberoi Woolshed Complex through the preparation of foundational pieces of specialist advice, a heritage assessment and adaptive reuse options study, and a building conservation program. The project will also enhance local and regional heritage skills through the integration of a training program for local youth into the building conservation program, as well as being a case study for a UNSW School of Architecture course with a focus on rural heritage and sustainability.


Snapshot of Our Heritage

Mid-Western Regional Council

The project will promote heritage conservation within Mid-Western region and encourage community participation in sharing and celebration of our heritage. New and old photos, videos and stories will be made available on an accessible, user friendly website.


Spring Hill Heritage Trail (Stages 1 & 2)

Orange City Council

This projects aims to empower the small community of Spring Hill in Central West NSW to achieve proactive and sustainable management of their local heritage. The project will deliver strategic heritage and consultant building advice to, which will then inform the delivery of works.


St Andrews Windows Restoration and Public Engagement

The Uniting Church in Australia - Richmond Church Council

Specialist restoration of eight painted and lead glass and timber frame windows in the St Andrew's Uniting Church and collaboratively working to increase public access to and engagement with both St Andrew's and neighbouring heritage buildings.


St. Augustine's Anglican Church Repair works

St Augustine’s Anglican Church, Anglican Parish of Mereweather for Trustees of Church Property Anglican Diocese of Newcastle

This project includes the conservation and reconstruction of St Augustine’s Church, Merewather. It will also include a half day heritage building skills workshop, the development of an Asset Maintenance Plan, and an interpretation project of the history of St Augustine’s Church.


Strategic heritage inventory review - Tenterfield Shire

Tenterfield Shire Council

This project will undertake a strategic heritage inventory review of Tenterfield’s known heritage items and places, so that the recognised heritage of the Tenterfield Shire reflects a contemporary and diverse set of heritage values. The community will be able to participate directly in the development of Tenterfield’s heritage inventory by posting content directly into the heritage database, similar to a ‘wiki’ approach.


Strategic heritage management for City of Parramatta Council and contribution to HNM Western Sydney event

City of Parramatta

City of Parramatta Council is proposing an integrated approach to its heritage management through the delivery of four key activities. Activities include contribution to the HNM intangible heritage themed festival, development of a guide training and mentor program for local Aboriginal people, development of an integrated heritage management strategy, and the scoping and piloting of a heritage seminar series for owners and managers of heritage items in the Parramatta Local Government Area.


Supporting community-managed heritage in Millthorpe and Carcoar

Millthorpe School of Arts Inc.

The project will include conservation and restoration works at the Millthorpe School of Arts and the Carcoar Hospital Museum, training in preventative maintenance and repair for local heritage owners, and promoting local heritage through the Heritage Near Me app.


Tenterfield Presbyterian Church revitalisation and community education project

St Stephens Presbyterian Church

This project is a unique collaboration between the Tenterfield Presbyterian Church, Tenterfield Shire Council, and Tenterfield High School (2018 school year). The project involves the repair of the church to allow it to be re-opened, and provides onsite educational opportunities for Year 11 students at Tenterfield High School. Tenterfield Council will offer practical workshops to owners/managers of local heritage items using the church as a case study.


The Bega Valley Shire 101 Heritage Objects Project

South Coast History Society Inc.

This project will identify 101 objects that epitomise aspects of the Bega Valley Shire's heritage and develop detailed statements about each of the objects. The information will become a community asset.


The National School of Wagga Wagga, Clerestory Restoration

The Riverine Club Ltd

This project is to reveal and restore the original clerestory windows at Wagga Wagga’s first public school, the National School, built in 1860. The project aims to involve local trades and offer upskilling in heritage-specific skills. Once the restoration is complete, a number of social and educational events will be held to showcase the restoration and engage the community in the significant heritage of the site.


The Springs, an Aboriginal Journey

Orange City Council

This project is to undertake community consultation, oral history recording, archaeological assessment and historical research to identify the significance of the Springs. A heritage study and Conservation Management Plan will be prepared for the Springs and guide the development of a heritage landscape plan, connecting the community with this Aboriginal fringe camp that operated in the Orange area from the 1920s-1940s.


The Yanko Store

H&H Cameron Family Trust

This multi-phase project aims to preserve and restore the fabric of the Old Store at Yanko Station and open it to the public. The project includes restoration works, training for local tradespeople and heritage owners, the development of an education kit for school groups, a marketing plan, and an interpretation plan.


Tremain’s Community Governed Australian Milling Museum

S.J Birrell & G.J Deans

This project will establish Australia’s first national milling museum founded on NSW milling heritage and residing in the restored Tremain’s Mill heritage complex 7-11 Keppel Street, Bathurst, NSW.


Unearthing the Biosecurity Heritage of New South Wales

Agricultural Scientific Collections Trust

This project will create digital images of the Collections biosecurity, agricultural and local heritage items. This will help the NSW Biosecurity Collections share their story, and educate and inform the public on the importance of current plant biosecurity practices carried out in Orange that benefit NSW and Australian agroindustry, whilst reflecting and sharing on the changes in the sector and rural communities and practices over the past 130 years.


Uniting Church Locally Listed Heritage Properties Maintenance and Management Workshops

Uniting Resources Property Services

This project takes a regional and strategic approach to the care of Uniting Church heritage properties through the provision of targeted workshops that focus on traditional maintenance and repair for heritage listed buildings. The project will achieve broad outcomes for no less than 175 heritage listed churches by increasing the self-sufficiency and confidence of the congregations across NSW to maintain their properties in a timely, independent, and cost-effective manner. The training workshops are underpinned by heritage best practice methodologies and will see the production of a written guideline to support sound heritage property management well into the future.


Walcha Strategic Heritage Plan – Our Community’s Heritage

Walcha Council

This project seeks to develop a strategic action plan for identifying, caring for and investing in the diverse heritage of the Walcha local government area. The strategy will identify a range of actions and projects that will be implemented. A set of heritage resources will be developed to guide and support the community including a film about the heritage of Walcha.


Walking on Country Multimedia Digital Project

Shoalhaven City Council

The Walking on Country digital project will be designed to take the audience on a journey across the Shoalhaven capturing local Aboriginal people’s cultural and spiritual connection to country. It will highlight a living heritage in a place and destination where a rich Aboriginal culture is strong, vibrant and diverse.


Wallendbeen strategic heritage study and King Street revitalisation project

Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council

This three stage project will revitalise the Wallendbeen Heritage Conservation Area along a military service theme. Through community consultation, this project will develop a strategic heritage study of Wallendbeen, design of a streetscape plan for the revitalisation and activation of the King Street precinct, and create six stories for the Heritage Near Me app.


Waverley architectural styles and urban typologies mapping

Waverley Council

This project identifies the urban typologies and architectural styles of the Waverley Local Government Area to create a comprehensive database of existing and potential future local heritage. The objective is to influence the ongoing management of Council's heritage items and integrate strategic knowledge into the planning framework.


West Wallsend Heritage Management Framework - A Vision for the Future that Celebrates the Past

Lake Macquarie City Council

This project will develop a plan for the West Wallsend Heritage Conservation Area that will guide Council's approach to the heritage significance of the village over the next 10-15 years. The project is to incorporate a streetscape plan for the revitalisation of the commercial precinct, including a pedestrian access and mobility plan. A multi-disciplinary team of heritage, planning/urban design and landscape architecture professionals will be engaged to deliver the project under the guidance of Council.


Woolpack Inn Museum Building Improvement

Woolpack Inn Museum Holbrook Incorporated

This project aims to secure the future of the Woolpack Inn Museum through strategically scoping and implementing priority roof conservation works. The project will also contribute to access to specialist roofing skills in the region through a one-day ‘Conservation of Traditional Roofing, Materials and Practices’ workshop aimed at tradespeople, heritage owners/managers and industry professionals.


Yesterday Stories

S Pires t/a Yesterday Stories

The production of video stories, resources and history workshops, for inclusion in a sustainable app. These stories will also be made available as short/longer podcasts in 6 LGAs across a number of categories including: Indigenous, Colonial and Convict, Migrant, Industrial, Women’s History and other.


Yuin Djama Dhugan – 360 video production and training project

Nowra Local Aboriginal Land Council

Yuin Djama Dhugan is an immersive story-telling project utilising 360 video technology. The project principles are respect, sharing Aboriginal culture and identity. Five stories will be produced that capture the heart of the landscape, the people and the heritage sites of the Shoalhaven region.