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THE preservation of Moree’s historic buildings has received a boost today, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall announcing the NSW Government would provide funding to help local building owners make informed decisions when modifying, maintaining or renovating their property.


Katrina Humphries & Adam MarshallMr Marshall said the $26,500 grant would jointly fund Moree Plains Shire Council’s heritage advisory service and provide financial assistance to owners to maintain or restore older buildings.


“Good stewardship of historic buildings is important to a community’s identity and a reward in itself – but can bring unexpected financial stresses with it,” Mr Marshall said.


“This fund will help Moree Plains Shire Council provide assistance with advice or funding to keep older buildings looking their best. Whether it’s quality expert advice or a small grant, help is available to keep our region’s heritage safe.


“A heritage advisor will be available to go over building plans and provide advice or feedback. If changes are in the public interest, there’s additional funding to help make it a reality.”


The funding is a continuation of the NSW Government’s commitment to preserving heritage – with more than $5 million allocated for heritage places and advisors across the state.


“I congratulate Moree Plains Shire Council on working hard to maintaining the community’s identity and for their significant contribution to keep this program running,” Mr Marshall said.


Moree Plains Shire Council’s Senior Urban Planner Murray Amos said the funding provided council with the ability to manage the local heritage assets, to gain access to expert heritage advice and to raise the profile of local heritage.


Council’s heritage advisor is available through Moree Plains Shire Council’s Planning & Community Development Department. To make an appointment, call Murray Amos on 6757 3222.






The NSW Government will defer the introduction of the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) and will move immediately to reintroduce the insurance-based Emergency Services Levy.


Questions and Answers

What’s happening with the FESL?

The introduction of the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) will be deferred. The existing Emergency Services Levy will remain on insurance policies.


What does this mean for me?

There will be no change to your current situation. The existing ESL will remain on insurance policies and you will continue to fund the fire and emergency services agencies via this Levy.


What’s the timing?

The FESL was due to be implemented on rates notices issued from July this year. It will now not appear on rates notices and the Emergency Services Levy will continue to be charged as part of your insurance policies.


Why the change?

The Government wants to ensure that property owners – especially small and medium businesses – do not face an unreasonable burden funding our fire and emergency services.


Is there a danger I’ll be charged twice?

No. Councils will not levy the Fire and Emergency Services Levy and the arrangements for paying the current insurance based Emergency Services Levy will continue.


Where can I get further information?

As information is made available it will be published on

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