State government gives heritage funding to Strathalbyn and Willunga landmark buildings

LANDMARK: St Andrew's Church in Strathalbyn received heritage funding from the state government of $10,000 to repair damage to the spire.

LANDMARK: St Andrew's Church in Strathalbyn received heritage funding from the state government of $10,000 to repair damage to the spire.

South Australia's heritage will get an $8.1 million boost in the State Government's 2021-22 State Budget to better preserve and activate historical sites, boost the economy and create jobs.

Projects on the Fleurieu to benefit are St Andrew's Church, Strathalbyn (repair damage to the spire $10,000), Dollar Cottage, Strathalbyn (repointing and masonry repairs $9227) and Fmr Sisters of St Joseph, Willunga (masonry repair, repair slate verandah and termite repair $10,000).

Alexandrina Council has funded significant landscape and streetscape improvements to the area directly in front of St Andrew's Church and said the heritage grant was well timed.

"Our improvements will light up St Andrew's Church from in-ground lighting as part of the Stage 2 works for the Strathalbyn Town Centre revitalisation project," spokesperson said.

Heritage Grants program are expected to support employment of around 100 FTE jobs across the state in total over the three years.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the extension of the State Government's Heritage Grants program will preserve historical sites and boost the state's economy.

"The government's $8.1 million funding boost will help better protect and activate South Australia's heritage sites which is a key part of our recently released Heritage Tourism Strategy," Mr Speirs said.

"South Australia has 2300 State Heritage Places of which more than 80 per cent are owned by private, commercial, community or local government. From the first two rounds of our Heritage Grants we know that for every dollar contributed by the State Government the private heritage owners will contribute an additional $6 to the South Australian economy."

The Heritage Grants program is open to anyone from across the state to apply.

In the first three rounds other buildings to have received support are National Bank Strathalbyn Branch, Holy Evangelists Anglican Goolwa, Kay Brothers Winery McLaren Vale, Quarryman's Cottage, Willunga and Milang Butter Factory.

Twenty-one State Heritage-listed properties will share in $250,000 of grant funding to help conserve the significant sites under the third round of the SA Heritage Grants Program. Grants range from $2000 to $20,000.

A Marshall Liberal Government election commitment, the Heritage Grants are aimed at helping rejuvenate the state's built heritage, ensuring it is protected and preserved for future generations.

"The successful Round 3 projects were selected by a panel of heritage architects and experts based on a set of criteria. I encourage all State Heritage property owners to look at how the program can help them undertake conservation work, which is important to the preservation of our state's history," Mr Speirs said.

Heritage grants will cover up to 50 per cent of the anticipated costs of conservation works or documentation, with the recipient responsible for matching funding dollar for dollar. In some cases, in-kind labour and materials may be recognised as part of the matching contribution.

Further information and funding dates visit: https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/topics/heritage/heritage-grants

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