Parkes Shire Council is inviting owners and lessees to apply for dollar for dollar matched funding under the Parkes Shire Local Heritage Fund Program.

Council's Heritage Committee Chair, Cr Alan Ward said since the program was implemented in 2000 it has achieved great results across the Shire.

“The program has successfully delivered heritage projects valued at more than $470,000 including projects such as the Old Trundle Post Office building, the Tullamore Hotel, the Carrington Hotel, and Trundle Main Streets.”

Last financial year, Council’s Local Heritage Program successfully completed more than $23,000 worth of heritage projects. More than $13,500 was contributed by the applicants with more than $8,000 provided through local heritage funding.

Please be advised that grant applications for the 2020/21 Heritage Fund must be completed and provided to Council prior to close of business, Friday, 11 September 2020.

Application forms, conditions and guidelines are available here or from Council's Administration Centre.

Council encourages anyone interested in maintaining their heritage building to make an appointment with Council’s Heritage Advisor, who visits Parkes each month.

Free professional advice is available to owners who want to renovate or redevelop private homes or commercial buildings. This advice can include the topics of colour scheme, extensions, verandahs, awnings and fences as well as more comprehensive advice on the integration of new development in older areas. The advice is of a general nature and should be considered as the starting point for more extensive work that may require an architect, builder or designer.

For more information, or to make an appointment, please contact Council’s Planning & Environment Department on (02) 6861 2373.