Minister Announces Heritage Grants To Nine Projects Across Victoria

Minister Announces Heritage Grants To Nine Projects Across Victoria

Victoria Minister for Planning Matthew Guy

Nine Heritage Grants For Communities In Victoria

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  • Ash Wednesday building receives grant of $100,000 for restoration works
  • The second round of heritage grants for communities in Victoria have been announced with almost $700 000 in funding for nine places

Nine community owned and publicly managed heritage places in Victoria have been awarded grants allowing vital conservation works to take place, Planning Minister Matthew Guy said today.




The second round of the Victorian Heritage Register Places & Objects grants will provide financial assistance of almost $700,000 to custodians of publicly owned heritage places and objects.

“These grants will ensure these places can continue to be used and enjoyed by all Victorians.” Mr. Guy said.

Amongst the locations to benefit is the former Cockatoo Kindergarten building which will be restored as a result of a $100,000 grant.

“The building is on the Victorian Heritage Register and is significant for its role as a refuge for hundreds of residents during the devastating Ash Wednesday bushfires of 1983.” Mr. Guy said.

Other projects to benefit from Round two of the program include:

  • St Kilda Hebrew Congregation Synagogue – $150,000 grant for conservation works to the copper dome
  • Melbourne General Cemetery, Parkville – $80,000 grant for gatehouse building works
  • Yea Railway Station, Yea – $74,000 grant for conservation works to the building.
  • Former Ladies Kiosk, Eastern Park, Geelong – $80,000 grant for the timber kiosk to be restored.

Member for Gembrook Brad Battin welcomed the funding announcement.

“Having worked with the community for the last 4 years I am pleased to see this funding support such an important building to the people of Cockatoo.” Mr. Battin said.

“We must never forget this building was the saviour to many hundreds for people on Ash Wednesday and the proud home to the flowering gum planted by Diana, Princess of Wales to signify the community led recovery.”

Victoria’s Heritage Restoration Fund (VHRF) Chairman Dr. Graeme Blackman said the VHRF was delighted to announce the second round of conservation funding under this initiative.

“This investment will ensure the conservation of places from such a diverse historical period and with so many different stories to tell.” Dr. Blackman said.

VHRF has representation from the National Trust, the City of Melbourne, the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure and regional councils. It is an independent organisation established to deliver effective and efficient heritage grant programs.

The Victorian Heritage Register Places and Objects grants program is part funded by the Victorian Property Fund and provides support for the conservation of state significant heritage places and objects managed by community-based organisations.