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Funding available to conserve heritage buildings

NEWS RELEASE
12 November 2008

Funding available to conserve heritage buildings

Wellington City Council has money available for projects to protect or restore at-risk heritage-listed buildings in the Capital through the Built Heritage Incentive Fund.

The fund is an initiative that encourages the conservation of the city’s built environment by helping people meet some of the additional costs associated with owning and caring for heritage-listed buildings.

Each financial year there are three rounds for groups to apply for the fund and this year there is a total of $329,000 available.

In the first round of this financial year, held in July, $42,677 was allocated across four projects:
• the historic Truby King greenhouse in Melrose, $8177 for conservation advice and repairs
• 25 Ascot Street, Thorndon, $3500 for exterior repainting of the house and roof
• 288 Cuba Street, Te Aro, $17,000 for refurbishment and earthquake-strengthening
• Hummingbird Café, Courtenay Place, $14,000 for repairs and structural assessment.

The Council’s Urban Development Portfolio Leader, Councillor Andy Foster, says the Built Heritage Incentive Fund is a key part of the Council’s Built Heritage Policy.

“Our historic buildings are an important part of Wellington’s charm so it’s important that we work to conserve and protect them – particularly with the risk posed by earthquakes. This fund ensures that people will be able to continue enjoying our heritage-listed buildings for many years to come.”

The next round of the Built Heritage Incentive Fund closes at 5pm on Friday 28 November.

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