Western Australia heritage properties receive financial boost
Owners of Western Australia heritage properties may be eligible for funding after the state government announced a $1.25 million heritage grant scheme.
Homeowners with a heritage property investment are able to apply for grant under the 2012 to 2013 Heritage Grants Program, which has increased its funding pool by 25 per cent through this year's state budget.
John Castrilli, state heritage minister, said: "The additional funding illustrates the importance the Liberal-National government places on supporting private owners who are the custodians of our state's heritage."
Under the scheme more than 500 private owners of state registered heritage properties are eligible to apply for grants of up to $100,000 for vital conservation upgrades and works - with an expectation that owners match the funding.
"This year's Heritage Grants Program should result in at least $2.5 million worth of conservation works to heritage properties throughout Western Australia," Mr Castrilli said.
For people with a heritage investment property, the funding scheme is likely to be a welcome boost, encouraging the revitalisation and preservation of the state's oldest homes.
Since the schemes inception in 1997, more than 600 projects have been funded through $12 million heritage grants.