Maitland council accepts offer for $96,000 worth of funding under NSW Heritage Grants program.

Maitland City Council Heritage Officer Clare James in Maitland's Glebe Cemetery. PICTURE: Marina Neil.
Maitland City Council Heritage Officer Clare James in Maitland's Glebe Cemetery. PICTURE: Marina Neil.

Three of the city’s significant historical landmarks are set for upgrades courtesy of $96,000 worth of grants offered to Maitland City Council.

Walka Water Works boilers 1898.

Walka Water Works boilers 1898.

The grants were offered to council by the NSW Heritage Grants program which will assist with the continued implementation of adopted management plans for key heritage sites across the State.

A works grant of $40,000 has been offered towards stage two implementation of the Walka Water Works interpretation plan and a works grant of $36,250 was offered for Glebe Cemetery conservation works program, both grants requiring a matching contribution from council.

Two grants of $10,000 relate to the preparation of interpretation plans for Glebe Cemetery and Maitland Jewish Cemetery.

Proposed works at Walka Water Works will focus on equal access opportunities and include improvement to the existing pedestrian access to a principle lakeside location and development of suitable interpretive experiences for a range of visitors including people with a disability.

The project aims to improve understanding of Walka and its history, improve access to the site to improve intellectual, emotional and physical access and establish Walka as a venue which contributes to the amenity and community pride of Maitland.

A report to Tuesday night’s council meeting said the proposed project will develop the interpretation theme of “People in the Landscape” and give all visitors new opportunities to understand the site in different ways.