$30,000 for heritage sites

Three historic heritage sites in Maitland have been given a welcome boost after the state government secured $30,000 in grants.

St Peter’s Anglican Church and Glebe Cemetery at East Maitland, Walka Water Works, and Cintra House garden and stables are three of 40 projects that have shared in $2 million that Heritage Minister and Maitland MP Robyn Parker announced yesterday.

Ms Parker (pictured) said the three state heritage-listed icons had played a pivotal role in Maitland’s history with the church and Glebe cemetery and Walker Water Works dating back to 1886, and Cintra House 1879.

Maitland City Council has been given $20,000 to prepare a conservation management plan for the church and cemetery, and another $10,000 to create an interpretation plan for Walka Water Works.

Richard Long will be given $10,000 to prepare an engineering and geotechnical report for Cintra.

“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,” she said.

Ms Parker said the sites needed to be maintained for future generations to enjoy.

“St Peter’s Anglican Church, which was added to the State Heritage Register in August 2012, is one of the finest ­examples in NSW of a sandstone church in the Victorian Academic Gothic style,” she said.

“The surviving water treatment features [at Walka Water Works] 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.

“[Cintra House] is significant for its historical associations with the eminent Hunter architectural firm of J W Pender, who designed the house.”

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