Ballarat and region will receive further support of $101,290 from the Gillard Government under the Your Community Heritage program.
Federal Member for Ballarat, Catherine King, said three projects would share in the funding.
The projects are:
• Repairs and restoration to Leahy’s Hotel, Bacchus Marsh, following severe damage caused by storms in late 2010 and early 2011 – $75,790.
• Development by the City of Ballarat of a multimedia research documentary highlighting the story of Ballarat and 3 of its most significant heritage buildings – $22,500.
• Funding to Creswick Railway Workshops Inc for a project to give prominence to the significant contribution of the Gold Battery to Creswick’s economic, social and cultural development over 100 years – $3000.
Ms King said projects funded by the government’s Your Community Heritage program help communities to record, protect, share and celebrate their heritage.
“Community heritage is about making sure we preserve the stories of our community which attach to particular places,” Ms King said.
“These grants helps us preserve and tell the particular stories in Bacchus Marsh, Ballarat and Creswick which is an important part of understanding our history.
“To really appreciate the story of our region, it’s not just the milestones that are in textbooks, it’s the stories and structures that live and breathe in all our communities.”
The Australian Government is supporting 228 heritage projects around Australia.
Further information about the Your Community Heritage program is available online at www.environment.gov.au/heritage/programs/ych