Council budget - Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour after the council budget meeting. Photo: Cody Fox
Council budget - Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour after the council budget meeting. Photo: Cody Fox

Preserving history one Heritage building at a time

MAINTAINING heritage properties on the Fraser Coast will soon be easier, with the introduction of a new incentive scheme.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council will offer grants up to $10,000 for owners of heritage properties to conserve and enhance their properties and streetscapes.

"The Coast Heritage and Character Incentive Scheme applies to properties across the Fraser Coast, not just those in the Maryborough CBD," Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said.

"It will also encourage larger, more significant works than our previous schemes."

Owners will be able to apply for $1 from the council for every $2 they spend on a project, up to a maximum of $10,000 from the council.

The applications will be reviewed by the council's Heritage Advisory Committee.

"The works covered by the scheme include conservation or restoration projects, painting, urgent remedial works, reversing unsympathetic alterations and preparing Conservation Management Plans to support development applications," Cr Seymour said.

"We believe the program will give owners an incentive to undertake conservation works and will contribute towards revitalising our CBDs.

"Protecting a building from weathering is very important part of its conservation and also contributes positively and visibly to the streetscape.

"The Fraser Coast is steeped in history and we should do everything we can to preserve it."

Applications can be lodged online through the Smartygrants portal on the council's web page