New funding for heritage listed commercial properties

Hawkesbury City Council supports the unique history of the Hawkesbury and is encouraging people to apply for the Local Heritage Incentive Fund 2016/2017 for minor improvements or conservation works to heritage listed commercial properties in the Windsor and Richmond historic townships.

Peple looking at a gravestone

Applications are now open and the final date for submissions is Friday, 16 September 2016. Visit the Council website for application guidelines and forms.

Anyone planning to undertake works to heritage listed commercial properties in Windsor or Richmond can apply for this incentive fund, which provides dollar for dollar grant funding of up to $2,000, jointly funded by Council and the NSW Office and Environment Heritage.

The Incentive Fund recognises the importance of conserving, protecting and caring for heritage listed commercial buildings in the historic townships of Windsor and Richmond, while also promoting community awareness of such properties.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Kim Ford said the incentive fund is a great way to support local history.

"Some of the most interesting heritage listed commercial properties in Australia are right here in the Hawkesbury and they are part of our national heritage," Mayor Ford said.

"Last year the fund was used to support minor maintenance works to cemetery monuments.

"There were some outstanding results with relatively small financial outlays on the applicant’s part," he added.

"This year the fund sets out to encourage owners of commercial properties in Windsor and Richmond, through advice and small grants, to employ simple measures to undertake minor improvements/conservation works to those historic buildings to maintain and improve their heritage significance.

"Council is inviting owners and managers of heritage listed commercial properties within Windsor and Richmond to attend an information session in August."

An evening information session for the 2016/2017 Local Heritage Incentive Fund will be held on Wednesday, 10 August 2016 from 6:30pm to 8pm at Council‘s Administration Building, 366 George Street, Windsor. For further information visit Council’s website or call Customer Service on (02) 4560 4444 to register your interest in the information session.

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