Heritage Near Me funded projects: Activation grants

The Heritage Near Me Activation Grants program supported projects that actively increased community interaction and participation with publicly accessible heritage items listed in a local council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP). This program recognised the importance of activating local heritage spaces and precincts to conserve their heritage significance.

The following projects were approved by the NSW Government through the Heritage Near Me incentives program from 2016-2019.

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.

Heritage Near Me Activation grants 2018-19

Project title

Applicant

Project purpose

Approved amount in 2018-19 round

Adaptive Reuse of Loxton House - Upper Hunter Innovation Hub

Muswellbrook Shire Council

Adaptive re-use of Loxton House to accommodate an Innovation Hub for commercial start-ups in the Upper Hunter in partnership with the University of Newcastle. Install a travelling lift to provide access to the upper section of the building.

$98,000

Bundjalung multi-arts project 'Talk to Me'

Lismore City Council

Increase accessibility and visitation whilst showcasing a high calibre digital work that acknowledges the deep history of Bundjalung language, culture and story.

$100,000

Canowindra Railway Precinct: Activation, Interpretation and Conservation Project

John Holland Rail Pty Ltd

Activation of a currently disused and at-risk heritage railway precinct: preliminary and first stage planning and works to be consistent with the masterplan and community vision for the place.

$85,000

Carrington Park Revitalisation

Hilltops Council

Restore the Band Rotunda and White Memorial in Carrington Park, as well as improve access to and interaction through the upgrade of street access and pathways, seating and interpretive signage with improved landscaping to improve amenity and increase visitation.

$96,900

Celebrating a Forbes Shire Icon - Carrawobitty Homestead

K & M Wren

Full restoration of the iconic Carrawobitty Homestead to ensure both continued public access and a bright future for the building.

$100,000

Cook Park Fernery

Orange City Council

Restore, revitalise and update the Cook Park Fernery so that it may be used for the public in a variety of ways throughout the year. Proposed works will enhance the building while meeting current building standards, making the space safer, more accessible and more social.

$100,000

External restoration and conservation of the Drill Hall

Woollahra Municipal Council

External restoration and conservation of the Drill Hall, including structural timber, corrugated iron and windows repairs, storm water plumbing works, ventilation and bird proofing works, as well as external painting

$100,000

Grave Diggers Hut Conservation, Rookwood Necropolis

Rookwood General Cemeteries Reserve Trust

Conservation works to small timber pavilion constructed in the 1900’s and attributed to John Bursham Clamp. The pavilion was constructed as a rest house for grave diggers, funeral directors and hearse drivers before proceeding to the funeral site.

$81,500

Heritage Activation Masterplan for the Manly West Esplanade Maritime Precinct

Northern Beaches Council

Develop a masterplan for the West Esplanade Precinct Manly to rejuvenate, increase appreciation and visitation to the areas heritage and historical items, and includes a feasibility study for reinstating the boardwalk and harbour pool (c1931), and showcasing the Art Gallery façade (c1924).

$100,000

History and Heritage on Wauchope Riverside Walk

Wauchope Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc.

Enhance the awareness and appeal of history and heritage along the Wauchope Riverside Walk (Hastings River) by installation of solar lighting, interpretive signage, a monument, sculpture and artworks along the boardwalk, footpath, grassed areas, and on the abutment of the railway bridge underpass.

$93,064

Improving Physical and Digital Access to Historic Manly Cemetery

Northern Beaches Council

Replace outdated and disparate cemetery database records and fragmented maps with an online deceased search including interactive digital mapping cross referenced to images of cemetery monuments for each grave site. Provide a self-guided historical tour of the cemetery downloadable to phone, tablet or hard copy.

$24,275

Installation of an accessible ramp at the Great Cobar Heritage Centre

Cobar Shire Council

Construct a disabled access ramp and brick retaining wall to the Great Cobar Heritage Centre that is sympathetic to the historical nature of the museum, which includes our Visitor Information Centre.

$80,390

Land of the Beardies Museum Refurbishment

Glen Innes & District Historical Society

Repair, replacement and refurbishment of the museum building facade, including asbestos cladding removal.

$38,280

LSAF General Machine Shop Building Renewal

Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum Incorporated

Internal and external infrastructure works to the General Machine Shop Building which is currently disused. Infrastructure works for Stage 1 will include flooring, roofing (window and skylight repair/replacement), guttering repair, lighting, demolition of retrofitted offices and general cleaning.

$100,000

Mill and Verse; discovering the birthplace of Banjo Paterson

Orange City Council

Reinvigorate Banjo Paterson Park through the provision of a toilet and picnic shelter, development of the Banjo Poetry Walk, improved interpretation, oral history recording of the site and engagement of the community and local schools in a public archaeological dig of the Narrambla Steam Flour Mill.

$71,278

Molonglo Radio Telescope Education Plan

University of Canberra

Development and piloting of educational and Work Integrated Learning programs at the Molonglo Radio Telescope, using engagement with the scientific and social heritage of the 50-year-old Telescope to provide transformative education experiences for students from primary to tertiary age groups.

$27,852

Morpeth Courthouse Interpretation project

Maitland City Council

Preparation of a heritage interpretation strategy for the Morpeth Courthouse (Museum), associated detailed landscape design and implementation of works.

$80,000

Mountain Culture opens in heritage building on Parke St, Katoomba

Mountain Culture

Open up a heritage building to the public as a community space in Katoomba, located in the UNESCO World Heritage Blue Mountains, giving the town the opportunity to further cement itself as a tourist destination, with the building supported economically by a microbrewery, restaurant and art space.

$100,000

New awning and signage for Gladstone Hall and Community Art Gallery

Kempsey Shire Council

Addition of new awning and gallery sign for Gladstone Youth and Community Centre to improve public access, safety and visibility of the local heritage building.

$14,205

Nowra CBD Historical Walk – Historical interpretative signage and supporting documentation

Shoalhaven City Council

Expand the existing Historical Walk in Nowra CBD through the installation of interpretative signage. Installing interpretive signage accommodates a free learning experience where the signs provide historical information and insights to educate, create an experience and evoke a connection to location.

$30,751

Pretty Point Bridge Truss Restoration, Conservation and Display Area

Bega Valley Shire Council

The 1896 Pretty Point Bridge trusses are currently remote from the heritage site and not publicly accessible. This project will return the trusses to the heritage place, to be secured, conserved, protected, and publicly displayed, so as not to preclude their future re-installation on the bridge.

$100,000

Public Amenities for Tremain's Public Museum & Mill Precinct

SJ Birrell & GJ Deans

Construct accessible public services for the Australian Milling Museum and the Tremain's Mill complex that it is easily accessible from Keppel Street.

$100,000

Pulpit Hill Precinct (including Explorers Tree) Interpretation Project

Blue Mountains City Council

Ensure opportunities for community engagement, appreciation and enjoyment of the significant heritage values which are provided at Pulpit Hill, with a focus on conservation of the significance elements.

$100,000

Recapturing the Heritage of Bellingen Soldiers Memorial Hall

Bellingen Shire Council

Renovate and reactivate the unused upstairs section of Bellingen Soldiers Memorial Hall and install interpretive signage downstairs to showcase the hall's extraordinary history.

$92,243

Restoration of Old Mt Wilson School

Mount Wilson Study Centre Incorporated

Urgent structural repairs to conserve the historic buildings of the Old Mt Wilson School and to ensure safe public access and new adaptive uses as part of the Mt Wilson Community Precinct. Restoration works will provide increased community amenities and access to heritage space.

$100,000

Restoration, adaption and reuse of the Historical former Sisters of Mercy Convent Inverell – Stage 2

The Trustee for Victoria House Unit Trust

Construction of a disability access into the former Sisters of Mercy Convent Inverell necessary for activation and public access into the building. Sympathetic upgrade of the historical veranda to comply with the current Building Code of Australia.

$100,000

Restore and Rejuvenate the Old Tenterfield Church and Hall for community use.

S Haslam

Restore and rejuvenate Church buildings and ground into a multi-functional community asset. Reinstatement and conservation of original features will also be undertaken as well as establishing a museum space for the public to celebrate and understand the church's role in this community.

$100,000

Revitalisation and Recognition for the Queen Street Amenities Block

Tweed Shire Council

Restore and repurpose the redundant Queen Street Amenities Building (QSAB) to promote awareness of and appreciation of its heritage value within the context of the broader Murwillumbah Heritage Conservation Area, and create a useable community asset.

$30,000

Saving The Commercial Hotel Branxton-The Final Fitout

DJ & CR & DJ Barnes

Adaptive reuse, upgrade and repair of the Commercial Hotel to create a vibrant emporium of accessible spaces. The hotel will live a new life and play host to many audiences through a variety of new and revitalised spaces such as a business hub, café, museum and gallery.

$97,740

The Queanbeyan Hive Gallery and Café

The Trustee for Tripple F Trust

Realise the dream of the owners to turn a former private office space into a hive of cultural activity for local artists, art-lovers, creatives and foodies.

$100,000

The White Cliffs Project

White Cliffs Solar Thermal Power Station Friends Incorporated

Conservation of this historic site which has been formally recognized by The Institution of Engineers Australia in 2006 as arguably the World’s First Commercial Solar Thermal Power Station.

$59,590

Woodford Reserve and Grounds – Interpretation, Access and Conservation

Blue Mountains City Council

Interpretation of the Reserve and its immediate environs and conservation of its highly significant elements will shift perceptions of this place by providing appropriate access which has not been available. Woodford Reserve has significant Aboriginal, European, and landscape values.

$75,000

Heritage Near Me Activation grants 2017-18

Project title

Applicant

Project purpose

Approved amount in 2017-18 round

Accessing Historic Sewerage Treatment Works

Hay Shire Council

Revitalisation and landscaping of the Hay Historical Sewerage Treatment Works to allow the public to view and learn about the Innovative 1900's engineering undertaken by NSW Public Works in the construction of the second town sewerage plant in New South Wales.

$74,735

BIG little histories of Canowindra

The CORRIDOR project

A singular, multi art-form event that interweaves four significant local histories in the regional NSW town of Canowindra, including Devonian fish, Aboriginal, agricultural, and bushranger history. It will culminate in a significant community celebration of the Canowindra Historical Societies 50-year Anniversary in 2017.

$60,560

Blowes Conservatory enhancement project

Orange City Council

Revitalise the Blowes Conservatory so that it may be used as exhibition space for additional static displays during the period that it is currently closed and empty. Works proposed will enhance the building while meeting current building standards, making the space safer, more accessible and more social.

$100,000

Broadway Museum – Exhibition Space Expansion Project

Junee Shire Council

Major refurbishment and renovation of key exhibition spaces and the installation of a new exhibition space at the Broadway Museum in Junee. These spaces are used to exhibit historical information and material with a link to Junee's unique railway, industrial and farming heritage.

$45,445

Building the capacity of the Forbes Museum

Forbes and District Historical Society Incorporated

Install a new elevator at the Forbes Museum. Several non-structural walls on the first floor will be removed by volunteers from the Forbes Historical Society to create a new display area increasing the Museums floor space by 30%.

$64,215

Capital Works to provide universal access to The Murwillumbah Citadel Arts Centre (Former Salvation Army Building)

The Citadel Murwillumbah

Significant capital works to improve, preserve and maintain The Citadel arts space. Bringing the building and site up to current building codes will ensure universal access to a community-suited arts venue for Murwillumbah.

$100,000

Centenary Commemorations – former Harris Creek Military Rail Bridge

Moorebank Heritage Group Inc

Increase the knowledge, understanding, significance and awareness of the former Liverpool to Holdsworthy Military Railway and the Holdsworthy Internment Camp, through commemorating the centenary of the construction of the Harris Creek Rail Bridge in 1917. This involves installation of interpretative signage and hosting a Centenary Commemoration event.

$29,690

Central Tilba Hall acoustics upgrade

Central Tilba School of Arts Trust Inc.

Install acoustic panelling in Central Tilba large hall (built 1911) to reduce reverberation time sufficiently to allow clear intelligibility of speech and usability of the hall as a multi-purpose venue. At present the utility of the hall is significantly impaired due to poor acoustics.

$31,046

Forbes Racecourse renewal

Forbes Jockey Club

Remedial work to the Grandstand at the Forbes Racecourse to allow public access.

$100,000

Friends of Lane Cove National Park Restoration and adaptive reuse of Jenkins Cottage Kitchen in Lane Cove National Park

Friends of Lane Cove National Park

Restore Jenkin's Kitchen (c1855) for adaptive reuse as a cultural and natural heritage information hub within Lane Cove National Park (1 million visitors annually) showcasing the significance of this site (as part of the former homestead and farm) in the context of the broader park cultural and natural values.

$100,000

Goulburn Region Performing Arts Centre

Goulburn Mulwaree Council

Goulburn's historic former Town Hall will be revitalised as a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Centre, returning this iconic building to the centre of Goulburn's civic life. The EC Manfred designed 1887 building will be conserved and a contemporary extension added to accommodate an auditorium, event space, full theatre services and café.

$100,000

Hall Kitchen renovation (School of Arts Building)

Lawrence Public Hall Reserve Trust

Renovate old existing kitchen to modern standards.

$23,398

Hartigan Centre Activation

Trustees of the Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn

Adapt an abandoned building for use by students from the Goulburn Conservatorium of Music, providing an historic venue for cultural activities (music, poetry, song and drama) which are already an integral part of Yass and district for the residents of Yass Valley Shire and the neighbouring Hill Tops Shire.

$94,727

Haven Amphitheatre Castlecrag – stage replacement

Willoughby City Council

New community performance stage to replace the old stage (now demolished) in the Haven Amphitheatre. The new stage will provide better access for performances, using cost-effective maintenance materials complying with the Building Code of Australia, the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and Work Health & Safety requirements.

$100,000

Improving access and interaction with the historic Church Point Cemetery

Northern Beaches Council

Improve access to and interaction with the historic Church Point Cemetery (c1872) through the upgrade of the street access and pathway, the installation of a viewing platform, seating and interpretive signage with improved landscaping to improve amenity and increase visitation.

$100,000

Inspection of Little Nymboida River timber bridge

Glenreagh Mountain Railway Inc.

Engage a qualified bridge engineer to carry out an inspection and prepare a report on the condition of the Little Nymboida River underbridge on the Glenreagh to Dorrigo railway.

$11,160

Interpreting Grenfell's two main streets

Weddin Shire Council

Research, develop and install 15 interpretive signs across Grenfell's 2 main streets. Signs will explain the built heritage and history of historic buildings. A brochure, with map, will be produced to provide additional context on the streetscape. This project will lengthen the stay of visitors, contributing to the visitor economy.

$10,285

Interpreting Our Heritage

The Hills Shire Council

Design and implementation of a virtual interpretation application to allow heritage of 3 public parks to come to life and be accessible to everyone, including the state listed Bella Vista Farm and Heritage Park, Castle Hill.

$49,800

Keba (c1858) renovation into Rosenhof Heritage Café with Museum, Gallery, Store, Garden and Events Facility

Lingline Pty Ltd

Adaptive reuse of the former c1858 Keba House, Tenterfield's First Bank into a vibrant heritage asset. The renovations will transform Keba House into the Rosenhof Heritage Café, Gallery, Museum, Store and Heritage Garden showcasing the experiences and cuisine of German settlers in the region.

$91,130

Marrickville Town Hall Accessibility Upgrade

Inner West Council

Install an elevator to enable access to and between the different levels. This will improve accessibility throughout the building to the general public and venue hirers. Marrickville Town Hall is used for community activities and houses a library on the lower level.

$100,000

More good times for everyone on the kitchen menu

Gooloogong Log Cabin Inc

A new kitchen wing to replace the current fire damaged kitchen with a new kitchen compliant with building, access and food regulations, and incorporate a change room for stage performances. Overall the appearance of the hall will be restored and use of the Log Cabin will be increased.

$100,000

Naradhan Woolshed: Opening the door to a western NSW treasure

G.I Brooks, M.G Brooks & T.S Brooks

While Facilitate safe, easy access to the woolshed for all members of the public by building the capacity of the shed to meet the community's needs. To ensure the historical and cultural significance of the Naradhan Woolshed is preserved and imbedded into the fabric of the community.

$76,393

Nobbys Headland and Lighthouse – a sustainable, accessible, interpretation site for Newcastle

Newcastle Business Improvement Association Inc.

Nobbys Lighthouse Headland is Newcastle's highest (literally) and most visible community icon, signalling our heritage in indigenous culture, and coal, convict and maritime histories. The project will help plan income generation and re-investment, define important themes and activation options (consulting with key story-owners), and plan flexible interpretive spaces.

$39,000

Old Court Theatre – stage 2

Upper Hunter Shire Council

The Old Court Theatre will be revitalised and open for business with internal toilets (with disabled access) and air conditioning ensuring the building is accessible to all users regardless of the season.

$98,700

Re-Animation of the Newcastle Maritime Centre Museum

Newcastle Maritime Museum Society Inc.

The Re-Animation project using a 360o-3D virtual reality exhibit will bring in a new generation of visitors to the Newcastle Maritime Centre Museum. It aims to bring new visitors and increase visitation by 25% to activate this local heritage item (Newcastle Local Environmental Plan I389).

$64,820

Restoration of St Brigid's into a community art gallery

Woollahra Municipal Council

Restoration of St Brigid's to ensure community access to this heritage building. It involves the Installation of an accessible passenger lift to provide access to the proposed community art gallery.

$100,000

Restoration of the Trundle Hotel’s Balcony

Trundle and District Progress Association

Restore the remaining sixty metres of unrestored balcony of the Trundle Hotel. A wrecked unit on the first floor of the Trundle Hotel will be restored and used to support an artist in residency program.

$100,000

Spectacular Landmark Post Office at Historic Bridge River Crossing

Central Darling Shire Council

Verandah revival upgrade to the Wilcannia Post Office, located in the centre of outback Wilcannia, which forms part of an important heritage precinct, occupying a prominent corner site. The works will facilitate this building becoming a community and visiting professional facility, and upgrade a deteriorated heritage building.

$100,000

'Springdale Boys – Giving Them a Voice' – Springdale War Memorial Precinct

Temora Shire Council

The project seeks to build on the Centenary of WW1 through making the Springdale War Memorial Hall into an accessible and sustainable keeping place for the memories and the voicing of the stories of those who served from the Springdale-Temora region through a digital presentation.

$32,470

St Peters Town Hall Accessibility Upgrade

Inner West Council

Install an elevator to enable access to and between the different levels. This will improve accessibility throughout the building to the general public and venue hirers. St Peters Town Hall is used for community activities and houses a library on the ground level.

100,000

The Old Bellingen Police Stables project

Bellingen Community Arts Council Incorporated

Adaptive re-use upgrade of the interior and repair of the exterior of the Old Police Stables building. The project will convert this historically interesting old building into a compact multi-use creative space accessible to the diverse range of the community and for visitors.

$32,643

The Old Church Estate

D Stringer & S Yandell

Renovations and sympathetic development to activate a Local Heritage Listed former church, bringing it back into public use as an accessible community facility, site of public interest, wedding and business event location, educational facility, exhibition hall, music recital and gallery space.

$100,000

The Past In Your Palm: University of New England heritage audio-guides for public access, inclusion, and engagement

University of New England

Develop an innovative and inclusive audio tour system that increases visitor engagement with the University of New England's historic Booloominbah House (1888), grounds, and extensive collections of cultural and scientific heritage.

$96,550

The Spanish Flu Pandemic 1918-19 and the Tenterfield hospital Isolation Ward

Tenterfield Isolation Ward Restoration Group Inc.

Restore and adapt the former isolation ward, designed for victims of the Spanish flu in 1918, into a state of the art museum and education centre. Our community, school children, and visitors, will be informed and educated about an important part of Tenterfield's and Australia's medico-social history.

$90,090

The Willows Art and Cultural Centre

Murrumbidgee Council

The refurbished Willows museum will become a hub for activities and exhibitions, engaging artists and artisans across Murrumbidgee Council area. The Willows Arts and Cultural Centre will also provide a public space for showcasing local Indigenous culture. At present, there is no dedicated gallery/arts/performance space in the Murrumbidgee area.

$90,000

To construct a large shelter and replace smaller shelters for education and recreational purposes (Adelong Falls Gold Processing Site)

Snowy Valleys Council

Build an accessible large shelter to serve large school and coach groups, family gatherings, conduct heritage conservation workshops, Indigenous cultural and art days, and replace existing smaller shelters. Seating will be configured to accommodate large groups and help to facilitate teaching. All works will be undertaken by local trades.

$66,067

Tweed Regional Museum Tweed Heads precinct redevelopment

Tweed Regional Museum (Tweed Shire Council)

Reinterpret three historic buildings at Tweed Regional Museum Tweed Heads. The buildings represent key themes associated with the Tweed Shire and border region. Interpretation will focus on heritage values; reconnecting the buildings with previous locations and functions; accessible visitor experiences, and attracting new audiences.

$31,549

Uki Hall Stage Restoration

Uki Public Hall and Recreation Reserve Trust

Restore the stage in the Uki Hall through replacing asbestos sheets, repairing aged timbers, repainting, rewiring and restoring historical artwork.

$12,000

Upgrading accessibility of 1880's Arts Council building

N Horton

Public access to the Murrumburrah Court House is greatly compromised as the original timber floor is in a state of disrepair. It is unsafe due to dry rot and termites. This project will allow for the floorboards to be repaired to their original condition to ensure continued maximum usage.

$96,096

Heritage Near Me Activation grants 2016-17

Project title

Applicant

Project purpose

Approved funding in 2016-17 round

A Welcome to Cowra's Rail Heritage – Revitalising the entrance to Cowra Locomotive Depot

Lachlan Valley Railway Society Co-operative Limited

Revitalise the entrance to the Lachlan Valley Railway Heritage Centre at Cowra Locomotive Depot by transforming an underutilised storage area into a vibrant train shed, designed to protect and showcase parts of the Lachlan Valley Railway collection with links to Cowra's railway story. It will provide an appealing introduction to the site leading visitors on a path of exploration through an authentic 1920s industrial heritage precinct.

$53,730

Activating the Reform Mine, Lucknow

Orange City Council

Expose the Reform Mine Site's mining remnants and light the poppet head frame. The entire village of Lucknow is a rare and largely intact mining landscape uniquely sighted on the Mitchell Highway.

$19,000

Balranald Discovery Centre Precinct and Heritage Trail Project

Balranald Shire Council

Preserve the integrity of three buildings of significant historic interest located on the perimeter and grounds of Balranald's tourism precinct, The Balranald Discovery Centre. These three buildings are part of a Heritage Trail that is being developed incorporating other local and regional heritage buildings and sites to help build tourism and grow the visitor economy within the Balranald Shire.

$58,632

Branxton Heritage Walk

Branxton Greta Business Chamber Incorporated

Identify buildings of significance located in the main streets of Branxton known as Maitland Road or The Old New England Highway, Clift Street and John Rose Avenue. The walk will be traced using cast bronze plaques to be inserted into the existing pedestrian pavement outside fifteen historical sites and listed landmarks accredited by Cessnock City Council in the Branxton Historical and Commercial Precinct. Support information for the walk will be provided by booklets and an app that can be downloaded to mobile devices.

$16,881

Conservation and adaptive re-use of Captain's Cottage

Murray River Council

Refurbishment and remedial works at Moama's Captain's Cottage, as per the 2014 Captain's Cottage Conservation Management Plan and accompanying engineer's structural defects report. The project will include the adaptive re-use of the cottage.

$91,016

Conserving Heritage at Premier Farmhouse, Inverell

M & C McNeil

Restore heritage at a 2-storey timber building known in Inverell CBD, known as Premier Farmhouse. Works include construction of a covered walkway and access ramp, reinstatement of the heritage awning according to archive photos and installation of a mural and display of moveable heritage that tells the story of the Inverell community.

$100,000

Corunna Cemetery Project

Uniting Church Mt Dromedary - Corunna Cemetery Committee

Conservation, interpretation and promotion of Corunna Cemetery to enhance visitation to the site and provide an additional tourist product to the Tilba region.

$11,941

Crago Mill Bathurst

XJS World Pty Ltd

Install a passenger lift ensuring full disability access to all parts of the Crago Mill building, built in 1906, an impressive and dominant industrial building forming a key part of the `Railway and Milltown' heritage precinct on the eastern edge of the Bathurst central business district. The Mill today is a multi-user property attracting a growing visitor audience and promises to become a major attraction and destination for Bathurst and the Central West.

$82,000

Crozier Science and Heritage Museum

T Southam

The School Community of Berridale Public School establishment of a Science and Heritage Museum. The building, on the school site, to be set up as a self-guided Museum focusing on Geological, Biological, Physical and Agricultural Sciences and Taxonomy of the Plant and Animal Kingdoms. It will also house the local history of Berridale Public School.

$16,341

Eskbank Voices – Sharing the stories of Eskbank House

Lithgow City Council

To engage visitors to Eskbank House and Museum through a variety of innovative experiences and improved infrastructure. Mary's Garden involves the recreation of the earliest kitchen garden at the house and the installation of disability compliant access via the paths through the garden. The garden will also be used as an extension of the museum telling the stories of the women who lived in the house.

$63,047

Gosford CBD Interpretation Strategy

Central Coast Council

Provide a framework and recommendations to bring the heritage and history of Gosford to life with a focus on heritage, cultural tourism and urban renewal.

$100,000

Heritage on your Doorstep

Northern Beaches Council

Connecting the new Northern Beaches Council, activate and showcase three Local Environmental Plan listed heritage areas through onsite events, a curated art exhibition and the publication of a catalogue as a legacy item.

$36,800

Improving access to the Historic Church Point General Store and Post Office

Northern Beaches Council

Protect and improve public interaction to the historic general store and wharf that has been the community hub since settlement in the area in the mid-1800s.

$100,000

Interpretation of Kings Parade

Bathurst Regional Council

Interpretation signage of Kings Parade highlighting the history and importance of the place and its memorials.

$20,000

Jugiong Cobb and Co. Stable Ruins Reconstruction

The Trustee for the Wodalla Trust

Reconstruct the 1845 stable ruins to re-create a visually appealing building consistent with old photographs. The intention is to use as much of the original materials as possible in returning the ruins to their original appearance. The forecourt of the stable building will showcase the techniques used in reconstructing the building the precinct shared with the Sir George Tavern (1852) will provide a location for educational events.

$100,000

Kitchener Poppethead Heritage Park Plan of Management, Conservation Plan and Masterplan

Cessnock City Council

Prepare of a suite of documents to comprehensively plan for the conservation, management and development of Kitchener Poppethead Heritage Park, NSW.

$40,000

Leeton Roxy Community Theatre Scoping Study

Leeton Shire Council

Engage a skilled consultant to develop a scoping study to determine direction and staging of works to reactivate the State heritage listed Leeton Roxy Community Theatre in consultation with user groups and the community.

$33,250

Lyrics, Landscapes and Lintels – Developing Leeton's Historic Sense of Place

Leeton Shire Council

Promote public access to the history of Leeton Shire through the location, design and construction of civic art heritage interpretative stations showcasing stories related to the landscape, lintels and lyric heritage of Leeton.

$84,500

Mona Vale Cemetery Historical Walking Tour

Northern Beaches Council

Develop a self-guided walking tour of the Mona Vale Cemetery (Est 1905) focusing on approximately 40 local identities and/or features of significance within the cemetery.

$20,000

Old Bega Hospital restoration preparatory work

Old Bega Hospital Reserve (R.180050) Trust

Professional assistance to develop and document the case for restoration of the Old Bega Hospital as a regional community and cultural centre for the Bega region.

$100,000

Old Gundagai Gaol Masterplan and Moonlite Display

Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council

Create a Masterplan for the Old Gundagai Gaol, building on the Conservation Management Plan undertaken in 2012 and detailing a vision for tourism and community use of the 1859 complex of buildings. A removable interpretive display on Captain Moonlite will be developed in the infirmary building.

$87,605

Poverty and Prosperity Central Maitland Interpretation Plan activation

Maitland City Council

Implement the Poverty and Prosperity theme identified in the Central Maitland Interpretation Plan through creative installations, supporting activities, online resources, printed collateral and infrastructure that will activate two laneways and selected sites around The Levee lifestyle precinct.

$100,000

Preserving Moruya's Heritage through better public access and volunteer support

Moruya and District Historical Society Incorporated

Provide access for all abilities to the Moruya Museum collection, create an effective workspace for collection care and exhibition development and provide a workspace for visitor group presentations and volunteer education and relaxation.

$40,843

Queens Head Wilcannia – River Meeting Gallery project

A Stacey

Repurpose this heritage pub into a contemporary flexible community and visitor cultural facility, and revitalise a deteriorated near derelict heritage building. An imaginative mix of activities will adapt to changing community needs and constantly refresh the space.

$84,800

Redevelopment of the Historic Royal Hotel Coonabarabran

M Rickert

A 7-stage development of the Royal Hotel Coonabarabran including complete renovation and refurbishment of the Royal Hotel, rejuvenation and enhancement of the historical aspects of the hotel, construction of a Café, a MicroBrewery, restaurant, Laundromat and complete renovation of the hotel's accommodation units to allow wheelchair access.

$100,000

Regent Cinema Terrace Roof

K G Rippin & Associates Pty Ltd

Provide an all-weather cover for the terrace. The Regent Cinema has a large foyer on the second floor which functions as a meeting area and community space during special events. There is a large second floor terrace adjoining the foyer, which is uncovered.

$54,000

Restoration of Wingham Library

Mid-Coast Council

Restoration work at Wingham Library. This is an important community facility currently underutilised, due to the poor condition of the painting, the timber flooring at the main entrance, the external window sills and the lack of seating in front of the library. The works will reactivate unused sections of the library, revitalise the children's reading section, provide seating options for residents, and improve the structure and aesthetic value of the external window sills.

$70,584

Rich and Co. Bond Store

AT Pease

Complete the structural work necessary to make the front area of the ground floor of the Rich and Company Bond Store safe and secure for public access. This will enable it to be used as a display area for the Wilcannia and District Historical Society, Western Heritage Group Inc., local historical photographs, some art works and other items for that too large to be permanently displayed elsewhere in town.

$31,086

Rockdale Public Buildings and Urban Landscapes Interpretation Plan

Rockdale City Council

Develop an Interpretation Plan to bring to life Rockdale's publicly owned local heritage buildings and landscapes. It will make these places accessible, meaningful and memorable, and establish the important connections with a 'sense of place'.

$99,800

Silverdale Progress Hall Refurbishment

WSNC Inc.

Repair and upgrade the historic hall so it can once again be used for local community events. Silverdale Progress Hall will be refreshed and restored to an important position of the Wollondilly area. It will become a meeting place and venue for the enjoyment of everyone.

$100,000

Sounds, Steps and Stories: Addison Road Heritage Trail - Access path and audio stories

Addison Rd Centre for the Arts, Culture, Community and Environment

A 5-step project to increase visitor numbers, diversity of access and appreciation of heritage at Addison Road Community Centre, local heritage item no. I66 in the Marrickville Local Environmental Plan.

$95,325

Temora Railway Precinct – Pardey's Flour Mill and former Locomotive Depot and Roundhouse Interpretative Walk

Temora Shire Council

Develop an interpretative walk linking the Local Heritage Item of Pardey's Flour Mill with the location of the former Temora Railway Station Roundhouse and Depot. This site will link directly with the recently restored Temora Railway Station building and platform, which is a State Heritage Item, to provide visitors to the site with an enhanced understanding of the role of the precinct in grain receival, processing and transport, and the maintenance, supply, support and upkeep of steam locomotives from 1913 until the 1960s.

$53,500

The Culture Cart

Central Coast Council

The Culture Cart, a museum on wheels, is devised as a means of taking our heritage and history and making it more accessible to a broader sector of the community. The cart will be self-contained, manoeuvrable, and easy to install so that it can be taken to open days, community festivals, markets, schools, and Council engagement sessions.

$65,000

The Grand Heritage Courtyard Project

M Nelson

Transform a neglected area of a heritage building into an art, community and education centre.

$99,956

The Hampden Bridge Legacy Project

Wagga Wagga City Council

Reimagine the story of the Hampden Bridge. It will allow the community be immersed in the structure, the history and the way the bridge was woven into the fabric of the city of Wagga Wagga.

$81,200

Upgrade and enhance the iconic Narooma School of Arts Hall

Narooma School of Arts and Soldiers War Memorial Hall Incorporated

Upgrade the early smoke and fire detection system, improving access to the disabled toilet and construct an awning around eastern corner. The works aim to improve community access, enjoyment and participation in arts and cultural activities in the community-owned Hall.

$95,820