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What is the grant?
Applications are available for work projects involving repair/replacement of heritage façade details, painting external facades, mandatory Building Code of Australia (BCA) works and installation of sympathetic advertising signage within the Leeton Man Street precinct area.
Who can apply for the grant?
Public benefit to the Main Street precinct
Sustainable long term heritage benefit
Public benefit and enjoyment
Innovation and leadership
Capacity and commitment to undertake the project
Funding equity and cost effectiveness
All owners and managers of heritage items or items in a conservation area in the Leeton Local Environmental Plan 2014 can apply for the grant.
Currently Council is focusing the grants on projects in the Leeton CBD.
What projects cannot be funded by the local heritage fund?
Funding will not be available from the local heritage fund for: new buildings, routine maintenance (e.g. lawn mowing, gutter cleaning or carpet cleaning), projects where adequate funding is available from the applicant or other sources, new commemorative monuments or works, the purchase of heritage buildings, the relocation of buildings or works to relocate buildings, private headstones, unless there is no possibility of descendent support, floodlighting of heritage building, the purchase of equipment, moveable railway heritage items.
How much will you get?
Council provides “dollar for dollar” grants from $500 to $5,000 to successful applicants
Closing Date for Applications
Please note applications are called for once every financial year. Applications for grants for the 2016/17 financial year closed on 2nd September 2016.
How to apply for a grant
Want more information?
For more information please contact Council’s Planning Officer on (02) 6953 0911 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Council provides a Heritage Advisor service so as to provide regular and ongoing expertise to not only council but the community and owners of heritage properties. A Heritage Advisor assists in promoting urban design and heritage in our Local Government Area. The outcomes of this program have been very positive.
Council’s Heritage Advisor is Mr Noel Thomson who is available by appointment the third Thursday of every month between 9am and 12pm.
To make an appointment please contact Karen Thomson on 02 6953 0927. Please try and make the appointment the Monday of his visit to reserve a spot.
Leeton Shire has three Heritage Conservation areas listed within Leeton Local Environmental Plan 2014. These areas include the main streets of Leeton Yanco and Whitton and contain buildings and places of heritage significance, see below for detailed maps.
By identifying whole areas for conservation it is possible to protect the setting of these places and the streetscapes in which they are located. Not all buildings in a heritage conservation area will necessarily have heritage significance, however they do contribute to the overall character of the area and additional development controls usually apply to these properties in order to protect that character.
The LEP requires owners/developers of properties in Heritage Conservation Areas, and those that are individually listed as Heritage Items, to consult with Council before carrying out the following types of work:
any proposed new development, excavation or subdivision;
any external alterations or additions (including solar panels, fences, and changes to external finishes);
any structural alterations to the interior of a heritage item;
total or partial demolition or dismantling, defacement, removal/moving of a heritage item or of a building, work, tree, relic or place in a Heritage Conservation Area;
disturbing or excavating a place of Aboriginal heritage significance or an archaeological site while knowing, or having reasonable cause to suspect, that the disturbance or excavation will or is likely to result in a relic being discovered, exposed, moved, damaged or destroyed.
As part of consulting with Council, you will be advised whether a development application will be required to carry out the proposed work and any matters that should be addressed. Most minor works proposals can be dealt with by an exchange of correspondence. The important thing is that property owners do consult with Council before undertaking works in heritage conservation areas.
Penalties can be applied to persons undertaking development without consent in places of heritage significance.
The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 allows penalties to be applied to persons undertaking development without consent in places of heritage significance.
Throughout Leeton Shire there are a wide range of buildings, places and items that physically links us to Australia's past. These heritage items trace the transition of Australia from its indigenous origins to a penal outpost of Great Britain to the advanced culture of today's developed nation.
There are two statutory lists applicable to Leeton shire, these being locally significant, and state significant items, all of which are listed within Leeton Local Environmental Plan 2014.
Having these items listed within the LEP safeguards the environmental, economic and social benefits of these now limited resources for present and future generations. By flagging our heritage places, listing gives owners and the community certainty about what is a heritage place. It provides advance knowledge about the approval process, and confidence that future changes to listed places and surrounds will be sympathetic ahead of important decisions such as purchasing.
By providing a balanced framework for managing change, listing keeps heritage places authentic, alive and useful. Australian heritage places are not inflexibly bound or 'mothballed' by listing. Listing will not stop all change or freeze a place in time.
Listing is a beginning - the first step in protecting our significant places - not the end result. Statutory listing protects our State's heritage places in three basic ways: recognition, approvals and support.
Our Shire's Heritage Items are diverse and reflect our history and culture. We've listed them for three main reasons
to safeguard their significance through regulatory control
to promote their long term conservation
to provide incentives for their survival, occupation and use.
We expect that development proposals for heritage items respect and enhance them and ensure their longevity into the future.
In considering whether to approve a change to a heritage item, we consider the heritage significance of the heritage item and how a proposed development affects heritage significance. We also consider how negative impacts are to be managed.
If you own a heritage item and you wish to change it, think about its significant elements.
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