Greater Geelong City Council has received $14,000 and the Surf Coast Shire received $3,000 towards the provision of Heritage Advisory Services for 2011-12, Member for South Barwon Andrew Katos announced today.
Mr Katos said the funding was used to provide Heritage Advisory Services through the appointment of an experienced professional to:
- Provide free advice to owners of heritage places
- Assist councils with the management of heritage assets
- Promote heritage conservation within the municipalities.
Mr Katos said advisors helped residents make appropriate decisions on restoration and development plans for heritage sites.
“These services have helped people recognise the importance of early buildings, their role in our social lives and how they can enhance streetscapes and enrich our understanding of the past,” Mr Katos said.
He said the funding was based on previous expenditure, reflecting each council’s commitment to preserving local heritage, and council supplemented the funds with a minimum $1 for $1 expenditure.
Geelong was one of 15 councils to receive the maximum funding. Four councils received $12,000, four received $8000 and 13 including Surf Coast Shire received between $3000 and $6000.
Planning Minister Mr Matthew Guy said the programs provided by heritage advisory services, first trialled in Maldon in 1977, had been successful in developing a positive attitude towards heritage through the provision of free heritage advice to councils, communities and owners and managers of heritage properties.
“The benefits of these services are now evident in many towns with restored heritage buildings, appropriate signage and upgraded streetscapes,” Mr Guy said.
Mr Guy said the Heritage Advisors would also be used to assist councils with the development of a Municipal Heritage Strategy for their municipality, a Coalition planning commitment.