Applications open for funding to help maintain heritage properties
August 10, 2016 by Mark
In an effort to help preserve some of the historic properties in Box Hill South and throughout the City of Whitehorse, Victoria, an invitation to submit applications for the 2016 Heritage Assistance Fund has been issued.
Whitehorse Mayor Philip Daw said the Fund, which is being offered for the 12th consecutive year, was available to benefit heritage-listed properties in the area with historic and significant features, such as art deco facades, wrought iron, and stained glass.
Many of these properties, he said, draw visitors to the area because of their heritage value, and some are featured on brochure printing due to their local significance.
He added that it was important to keep the original features well maintained and preserved, and it was through initiatives like the financial support provided by the Heritage Assistance Funds that properties such as these can be kept in good condition.
Mayor Daw said it was often an expensive and difficult responsibility to keep the heritage buildings preserved, adding that this was one of the reasons the Heritage Assistance Fund was introduced and it now provides an opportunity to assist eligible organisations, community groups and individuals with repairs and maintenance costs.
An estimated 200 properties have already benefitted from the fund, which has assisted with everything from masonry and timber repairs, to new guttering and painting.
Applications are being received until September 16.