Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today joined Penrith Councillor Tricia Hitchen to announce $24,000 in NSW Government heritage grants to protect the local heritage in Penrith and the Blue Mountains.
“The NSW Government’s Heritage Grant Program is designed to help communities care for their local heritage,” Stuart Ayres said.
There were four successful grants in Penrith under this year’s round of funding, namely:
- $6,000 to Penrith City Council under the Local Government Heritage Advisors stream
- $5,000 to Penrith City Council under the Local Heritage Places stream
- $6,500 to Blue Mountains City Council under the Local Government Heritage Advisors stream
- $6,500 to Blue Mountains City Council under the Local Heritage Places stream
Heritage Minister Mark Speakman said 196 grants were awarded to help communities protect, value and gather more information about their local heritage.
One of the four grant streams will help councils fund studies, run their own small grants programs and secure the services of heritage advisors.
“Looking after our heritage is everyone’s responsibility and local government plays an important role in maintaining heritage at a community level,” Mr Speakman said.
“The local government grants will enable councils across the state to fund their own small grants programs to encourage community action on the front line of heritage protection.”
For more information about the NSW Government’s Heritage Grants, see http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/Heritage/funding/.