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Funding Injection for Heritage Facelifts for Moree

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has announced a financial boost of $15,500 to help Moree Plains Shire Council preserve more of the community’s local heritage and significant buildings.

The Council has been successful in securing $8,000 to be used for heritage advisor services and a further $7,500 for “Local Heritage Place – Small Grants Program”.

Mr Marshall met with Mr Angus Witherby, Director of Planning and Community Development yesterday to discuss plans for the funding and to review the results of the latest project in Moree, which has been the beneficiary of funding under the program.

A prominent historic art-deco building in the main street of Moree, previous home to Gossip Corner café, is currently undergoing a facelift utilising (in part) funding from Moree Plains Shire Council. Mr Marshall said revealing the new face of this building was a perfect example of how a partnership brokered with state government funding, local government community planning and expert advice and opinion, could result in such a terrific outcome.

“Gossip Corner is a perfect example of how different tiers of government and proud local owners can reap such great results for their community,” Mr Marshall said.

Mr Witherby said the building was at the gateway to the main CBD and was another magnificent face of the town’s historic architectural traditions.

“It is wonderful to see funding of this nature being utilised to preserve Moree’s art-deco history, particularly, for a site so prominent for our community and visitors alike,” Mr Witherby said.

For this particular project, money from the heritage fund was awarded by Council to offset the owner’s costs in the restoration, with Council’s heritage advisor also lending her expertise to the project.

Mr Marshall said this year’s funding would extend Council’s ability to provide a heritage advisory service and will also see some $7,500 available in grants to assist private owners of heritage-significant properties with restoration costs.

For more information on applying for grants of this nature through Council, please contact Council’s Senior Urban Planner Mr Murray Amos on 6757 3222.