The Surfcoast Shire council will share in $300,000 worth of Brumby Government grants to help them protect and preserve their local heritage, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today.
The Surfcoast council will receive $15,000 to prepare and exhibit a planning scheme amendment to implement the Surf Coast (Aireys Inlet, Anglesea, Modewarre and Winchelsea) Heritage Study.
Part of the four year $20.5 heritage strategy, Victoria’s Heritage: Strengthening our communities, the grants fund local heritage studies across the state.
Ms Tierney said the grants were a critical step towards preserving historically important places across Victoria.
“This funding allows councils to identify and assess their local heritage assets and develop conservations plans for the future to ensure future generations can enjoy our rich heritage,” she said.
“As council play such a vital role in the protection of heritage sites, it is important they are supported in this work,” said Ms Tierney
“I am very pleased to announce this support to help them manage their heritage for the future.”
Heritage Studies are divided into three stages:
Stage 1 involves the identification of potential heritage sites in a specified study area
Stage 2 involves the actual assessment and documentation of the sites outlined in stage 1
Stage 3 is the application of appropriate planning controls to protect the site, usually via a heritage overlay.
Other Heritage Study grants announced for local governments in Victoria today include:
Ararat Rural City: $55,000 for Ararat Rural Heritage Study to identify heritage places in the rural areas of the Shire.
Mildura Rural City: $10,000 to supplement the original budget to enable the identification of additional places in the Mildura (former Walpeup Shire) Heritage Study.
Gannawarra Shire: $55,000 to assist with the documentation of heritage places identified in Stage 1 of the Gannawarra Heritage Study.
Strathbogie Shire: $50,000 to assist with the documentation of heritage places identified in Stage 1 of the Strathbogie Heritage Study.
Whittlesea City: $30,000 supplementary funding to assist Council to document additional high priority places that were beyond the original budget.
Stages 2 & 3
Towong Shire: $40,000 to document additional high priority places that were beyond the original budget and to implement the Towong Heritage Study.
Campaspe Shire : $15,000 to prepare and exhibit a planning scheme amendment to implement the Campaspe Gaps Heritage Study.
Glenelg Shire: $15,000, to prepare and exhibit an amendment to implement the Glenelg Gaps Heritage Study.
Golden Plains Shire: $15,000 to prepare and exhibit a planning scheme amendment to implement the Golden Plains Heritage Study.