Kevin Humphries


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries today announced $150,000 for efforts to support and conserve the St Ignatius Convent and Church in Bourke, as the Baird Government commits to a $28.5 million package to protect local heritage.

“Our history and heritage are core elements of our local community, and it is vital we protect and conserve our heritage in honour of our forebears and for the benefit of generations to come,” Mr Humphries said.

“I am delighted the Baird Government is delivering substantial funding and support to protect our heritage treasures in our local community and across NSW.”

The program will include $16 million of new funding to repair and upgrade items on both state and local heritage lists.

“Previously grants were only available to state heritage listed properties, but we understand that local heritage needs support too,” Mr Humphries said.

Mr Humphries said the St Ignatius Convent will be brought back to its 1924 form by removing inappropriate additions and balcony infill, whilst also repairing deteriorating woodwork and weatherproofing both the convent and church buildings.

“Once these upgrades are completed, it is hoped the buildings will be used for all sorts of community gatherings and events,” he said.

Bourke has also received $4,000 in funding to go towards the Bourke Local Heritage Fund and a further $4,000 to continue the Local Heritage Advisor service.

Grant funding is just one part of the Baird Government’s additional investment over the next four years on local heritage.

A re-elected Baird Government will also deploy a newly established team of heritage experts to local areas to record historical information, support local communities to protect important local places and upskill council staff.

“This will give communities a chance to tell their stories and protect important local landmarks,” Mr Humphries said.

“The new program will also allow local councils to get expert assistance in developing heritage policies and planning guidance.”

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