Moree Plains Shire Council receives $23,000 state government grant for heritage projects

Moree Plains Shire councillor Stephen Ritchie, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, councils senior urban planner Murray Amos and Moree Real Estate agent Claire van Vegchel in Balo Street with one of the CBDs heritage buildings in the background.
Moree Plains Shire councillor Stephen Ritchie, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, councils senior urban planner Murray Amos and Moree Real Estate agent Claire van Vegchel in Balo Street with one of the CBDs heritage buildings in the background.

A number of heritage buildings in Moree may soon undergo a facelift, thanks to state government funding to help owners restore properties to their former glory.

Moree Plains Shire Council has received a $23,000 grant from the state government to continue its small heritage grants program and subsidise the cost of an independent heritage advisor for the owners of local heritage buildings.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said the funds have previously assisted private owners of heritage-listed properties across Moree's CBD with restoration and maintenance costs.

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"Over the last few years it has been fantastic to see exactly what this money can achieve," he said in a statement.

"Last year funding allowed the owners of 171 Balo Street to repaint and update the building's facade, bringing it back to its former glory.

"Before that, the owners of the Balo 61 Café used similar support to restore the historic external features of their iconic corner blocks building.

"Looking after our heritage is everyone's responsibility and I commend Moree Plains Shire Council for the work it's doing in supporting property owners to preserve the town's identity."

Mr Marshall said protecting local heritage was an important step towards celebrating the region's history and maintaining a physical record of the past.

"Those people interested in accessing this funding to undertake work or engage the services of a heritage advisor should get in contact with Moree Plains Shire Council," he said.

For more information about the projects and the NSW Government's Heritage Grants, see www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/heritage/grants-and-funding.