Yass Valley Council announces Heritage Grants recipients

Several grants of up to $4000 are being given to community members by Yass Valley Council, with the help of the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to preserve heritage buildings across the region.

Then and now: The Old Bank Building on Fitzroy Street, Binalong will receive $4000 for repainting and window and gutter replacements.

Then and now: The Old Bank Building on Fitzroy Street, Binalong will receive $4000 for repainting and window and gutter replacements.

From the Old Bank Building in Binalong to The Caledonia Store in Gundaroo, buildings such as these will be restored with a fresh lick of paint, a new roof, window or verandah under the council's Heritage Grants Program.

The program is open every year and this year, $19,000 has been shared among six successful community groups, property owners and property managers from nine applications.

Of that money, $5,500 was provided by OEH and $13,500 by Yass Valley Council.

"Our Heritage Grants Program is a wonderful way for us to provide financial assistance to help owners, managers and organisations continue their important work in preserving and maintaining heritage in the Yass Valley," Yass Valley Mayor Rowena Abbey said.

Owner of the Old Bank Building in Binalong, Sue Kominek has received $4000 and said the funding would go towards repainting and replacing windows and guttering.

"I am absolutely ecstatic about receiving this grant," she said.

"Preserving our beautiful heritage building through regular maintenance is a big task; being successful in gaining financial assistance through the Heritage Program will make the restoration process a lot easier for us."

The other successful recipients included:

  • 'Muirhead', 71 Bendenine Road, Binalong (repaint exterior woodwork) - $3,900.
  • The Caledonia Store, Gundaroo (replace the verandah balustrade) - $1,375.
  • St Columba's Church, Bookham (replace the roof) - $4,000.
  • 33 Fitzroy Street, Binalong (prepare and paint external walls and fascia) - $4,000.
  • Gundaroo Literary Institute, Gundaroo (paint external walls and upgrade electrical items) - $1,725.

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