In order to ensure Hilltops’ heritage is preserved and enjoyed well into the future, historic and important landmarks across the region will share in grants made available through the NSW Government’s Local Heritage Fund.
As part of Council’s ongoing strategy to conserve and manage heritage assets throughout the region, Councillors have resolved to lobby the State Government for further funding to carry out significant heritage planning studies.
Hilltops Council Local Heritage Fund
The Hilltops Council Local Heritage Fund has been established to assist owners of significant places within the Hilltops Council Local Government Area (LGA) to undertake conservation and restoration works. Items of heritage significance include buildings listed as heritage items in the Harden and Young LEPs, places across all former shires that have been identified as having local significance, and places identified as contributing to the character of the Young Conservation Zone. Examples of the type of work that can be funded under this program may include, but are not confined to:
- Painting in approved colour schemes.
- Repairs to stumps, walls, roofs, doors and windows.
- Replacement of guttering and down pipes.
- Reinstating missing components, including verandas.
- Meeting Building Code of Australia requirements (e.g. fire services and access) for ongoing and new uses.
The aim is to maintain, preserve or restore elements that contribute to the heritage value of a place. The funding cannot be used for improvements such as new kitchens or bathrooms. Council’s Heritage Advisor is available to assist with colour schemes and provide free advice on proposed work.