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Before and after – A property in Dum Dum that received a grant from Council’s Local Heritage Assistance Fund in 2019.

There’s nothing like a spring clean and spruce up of old homes to make a town look fresh, and the owners of properties in the Tweed that are either heritage-listed or within a heritage conservation area, are invited to apply for funding as part of Council’s Local Heritage Assistance Fund grants program.

The program aims to encourage positive conservation work and best practice management of built heritage in the Tweed.


Successful applicants will be provided with grants to undertake small scale conservation works to properties that hold heritage value or significance.

Unit Coordinator Strategic Planning and Urban Design Iain Lonsdale said the scheme’s aim for the next 12 months was to support owners with their future conservation plans.

‘This year, our focus is to provide financial support for owners to undertake a comprehensive management plan to help guide future restoration on their property,’ said Mr Lonsdale.

‘However, we will also accept applications for any projects that demonstrate a good heritage conservation outcome and that do not require development consent.’

There are 146 Heritage Items and six Heritage Conservation Areas identified in the Tweed Local Environmental Plan 2014. The heritage conservation areas are Condong, Hartigans Hill in Murwillumbah, Murwillumbah Main Street, Tumbulgum, Tyalgum and Uki.

Funding will be awarded based on the significance and value of the expected heritage outcomes of the project, with Council matching the applicant’s expenditure up to a specified amount. Applications are open from 13 July to 21 August 2020.

The Local Heritage Assistance Fund is funded by Council in partnership with the NSW Government through the NSW State Heritage Grants scheme.

For more information and to apply, visit. www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/heritage

Funding will not be granted for work that has already taken place or for works that need development consent.  Successful applicants will be advised in writing in early September 2020.

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