THE CBD is in for a facelift after 13 grants totalling over $25,000 were offered to local property owners ahead of the City’s 150th birthday celebrations.
Goulburn Mulwaree Council, in partnership with the Department of Planning and Infrastructure, has given out a number of small grants to provide support to property owners to undertake work to conserve local heritage items.
Property owners in the CBD between Clinton and Bradley Sts were encouraged to apply for funding for the purpose of re-painting buildings as part of the heritage grants program.
A total of $25,401 was offered to property owners on a dollar for dollar basis.
Goulburn Mulwaree Councillor Carol James told the Post that the opportunity for the make-over reaps major benefits not only for property owners but the community in the lead up to the 150th celebrations.
“We are delighted to see people taking (the funding) up,” she said.
“It enhances the building, increases the value and keeps the tenants happy.”
Council received 21 funding applications, which Cr James said was smaller than hoped.
She anticipates it will encourage other property owners to spruce up their buildings before next March.
“We have to work with those who apply,” she said.
“There are still a lot of buildings that need to be done... we are hoping it will be an encouragement to them.”
The applications were assessed under the local heritage fund guidelines. Criteria included the technical and financial ability to complete projects by 2013, to encourage conservation of heritage items, the restoration of local heritage and a location highly visible to the public with high accessibility.
13 buildings received funds, with six properties placed on the reserve list.
12 of the 13 properties receiving grants are in Auburn Street including Sleep Lab, Kaos Hair, Athletes Foot, the Hibernian Hotel, the Astor Hotel and the Tattersalls Hotel, among others.
Cr James told the Post the funding for re-painting the property exteriors would be kept true to heritage, although she hoped to see a little colour such as burgundy or mustard feature among the cream.