The heritage of Maitland will benefit from grants totalling $125,000 awarded through the NSW Government’s Heritage Grants program, announced by Member for Maitland, Robyn Parker MP today.
The grants are four of 214 being awarded to new heritage projects today by the NSW Government, totalling $4.3 million.
Ms Parker welcomed the following grants to Maitland City Council:
• $40,000 for the Maitland Jewish Cemetery Conservation Works Program;
• $40,000 for conservation works at East Maitland Glebe Cemetery;
• $40,000 for the Walka Water Works Interpretation Plan; and
• $5,000 to continue the Maitland Local Heritage Places Fund.
“The NSW Heritage Grants program is designed to provide direct financial assistance to private owners, councils and community based organisations to maintain and improve their heritage assets,” Ms Parker said.
“The three $40,000 grants have been awarded through the flagship Major Works Program, which is designed to assist owners and managers of State Heritage Register listed items.
“Maitland Jewish Cemetery, which was listed on the State Heritage Register last March, is the largest and most intact Jewish cemetery in NSW.
Despite its simple demeanour and size – it contains only 53 burials – the cemetery is a highly significant burial site for the Jewish community of NSW.
“The project will see the construction of a fence to protect the monuments from surrounding farm animals and conservation works program, focusing on significant monuments identified in the conservation management plan.
“The $40,000 grant to East Maitland Glebe Cemetery will enable the council to identify monuments in need of urgent works, carry out a survey of the site and prepare plans for a program of works.
“Walka Water Works is one of the largest and most intact 19th century industrial complexes in the Hunter Valley.
The surviving water treatment features at the site constitute the most comprehensive set in NSW and clearly illustrate water filtration and reticulation processes and the major developments which occurred during the late 19th and early 20th century. The entire complex, including reservoir and tanks, is an important cultural landmark.
“Walka Water Works has been awarded $40,000 for an educational project exploring the potential for schools and other visitors to learn more about this site’s significant heritage. The project will focus on the ecology of Walka and draw contemporary lessons from the impact of human occupation on the site.
“Maitland Council has received a further $5,000 heritage grant to continue its heritage places fund. Local government grants, which are used to fund heritage advisors and local heritage places grants programs, can boost tourism and employment opportunities, especially in rural communities.”
Mr Stokes said the 214 new projects would enable communities to take a hands-on approach to conserving historic places as an investment for future generations.
“In November last year, we pledged $6.5 million for heritage and conservation grants over the next two years,” he said.
“The NSW Government recognises and celebrates the important role that our State’s diverse heritage plays in creating a shared understanding of our cultural history.
“We are committed to caring for places of heritage significance and supporting projects which protect our heritage while adapting sites for new uses.”
This year’s successful projects include a variety of major works, local government, youth and seniors and Aboriginal projects.
Local governments are receiving funding assistance for heritage studies, advice and networking events designed to better protect their local heritage places.