Northam heritage sites given grants for conservation

Buckland Homestead and Farm Buildings. Photo by Garland International.
Buckland Homestead and Farm Buildings. Photo by Garland International.

Northam’s Buckland Homestead and Farm Buildings and are Curdnatta House are among 22 Western Australian heritage places to receive funding under the State Government’s 2018-19 Heritage Grants Program.

The program, overseen by the Heritage Council of Western Australia, offers dollar-for-dollar funding of up to $100,000 to help private owners conserve and revitalise their properties.

Buckland Homestead and Farm Buildings received $55,967 and Curdnatta House received $35,858.

The Heritage Grants Program has awarded almost 790 grants, totalling $20.8 million since the program’s inception in 1997.

Three projects will receive the maximum grants of $100,000 including Albany’s Royal George Hotel and the Chief Mechanical Engineer’s Office in the Midland Railway Workshops precinct.

Heritage Minister David Templeman said in total, this year’s Heritage Grants Program will allocate $1.22 million which, when combined with owner contributions, will generate approximately $3.4 million in conservation around the State.

“This funding will allow private owners to conserve and revitalise 11 regional and 11 metropolitan State Registered heritage properties, protecting some of our State’s most valuable heritage assets and stimulating heritage tourism,” he said.