Maitland heritage projects win $171,462 in NSW Government funding

FUNDING BOOST: Maitland Council heritage officer Clare James, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald, Maitland Mayor Cr Peter Blackmore, council's general manager David Evans and Maitland City Heritage Group member Cr Bob Geoghegan discuss the announcement. Picture: Nick Bielby
FUNDING BOOST: Maitland Council heritage officer Clare James, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald, Maitland Mayor Cr Peter Blackmore, council's general manager David Evans and Maitland City Heritage Group member Cr Bob Geoghegan discuss the announcement. Picture: Nick Bielby

Six Maitland heritage projects will receive a boost of $171,462 from the state government.

Repairs to stone work and guttering at St Peter’s Anglican Church at East Maitland and an injection into the Maitland Local Heritage Fund were among the projects earmarked for the money, Parliamentary Secretary Scot MacDonald announced on Monday.

High priority conservation work at the Glebe Cemetery in East Maitland will also receive funding and money has been set aside to develop an interpretation plan for the site.

Funding was also awarded for an interpretation plan for Maitland Jewish Cemetery and to implement the second phase of the Walka Water Works interpretation plan.

“Looking after our heritage is everyone’s responsibility and communities play an important role in maintaining and promoting local heritage,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Our local heritage speaks to our history so it is important to protect, promote and celebrate it.”

Mayor Cr Peter Blackmore said the Maitland community valued heritage projects.

“We are proud to support the maintenance and restoration of these heritage assets,” he said.

Maitland Council’s heritage officer Clare James said the grant announcement was excellent news for the city.

“We’ve got excellent planning work in place, which means we can launch into these very significant projects for very special places in Maitland,” she said.

The Trustees of Church Property for the Diocese of Newcastle and Maitland City Council have also contributed to the $381,374 total cost of the six projects.