The Greens and the Canberra Liberals have announced additional funding for heritage organisations, with the Greens $900,000 heritage policy including grants to encourage business co-investment in a revamp of Civic’s history Sydney and Melbourne buildings.
The Greens told The Canberra Times on Sunday that they would spend $500,000 on the Sydney and Melbourne building grants as part of their heritage package, which would cost $900,000 in its first year.
The Greens would also provide funding for organisations to help remove a backlog of pending heritage decisions and to examine options for a history and heritage display centre.
The party committed to a $200,000 package to boost staffing levels at the heritage unit of the ACT Environment and Planning Directorate. A further $100,000 would assist non-government organisations such as the Heritage Council.
Shadow Minister for Heritage Alistair Coe said the Liberals would provide $200,000 in funding to heritage organisations.
His party’s commitment included preparing a heritage strategy for Canberra and the region in consultation with stakeholders and the community; implementing a blue plaques scheme to make sites with significance more prominent; providing better resources for people to record their history, including recording kits, introducing a heritage grading of buildings after extensive consultation, ensuring that heritage sites are incorporated into estate plans when new suburbs are planned, and commissioning a heritage app.
Pictured is the Sydney Building in its early years, between 1921 and 1935. Photo: William James Mildenhall/Museum of Australian Democracy
Labor has yet to issue a heritage policy.