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City of Ballarat Community Magazine June 2011
study to identify places of
During the second half of 2011, heritage consultants appointed by Council
will talk to community groups and Sebastopol residents and explore
Sebastopol’s streets to uncover the suburb’s significant heritage buildings
Jointly funded by Council and Heritage Victoria, the study will look at the
potential heritage significance of the residential, commercial and rural area
of Sebastopol as well as part of the area contained in the southern section
of the Ballarat West Growth Area.
Sebastopol was identified in Council’s recent Heritage Gap Review as a
location to study that had not been previously documented. Undertaken in
2009, the review was conducted by the Ballarat Heritage Advisory Committee
as a means to identify and progress heritage projects.
The review sourced and consolidated all the research, information and
recommendations collected by the City of Ballarat since the 1970s to
provide a cohesive look at the city’s heritage assets and to avoid an overlap
of future efforts.
The appointed consultants will identify, assess and document places of
cultural significance and make recommendations for future conservation
Working with stakeholders and community groups in the area, the Sebastopol
Heritage Study will also look at the ‘thematic environmental history’ of
the area which is yet another key recommendation of the Heritage Gap
To provide input into the Sebastopol Heritage Study, please contact the City
of Ballarat’s Heritage Coordinator Susan Fayad on 5320 5677 or email
Grants program to drive
heritage projects and
A unique grants program aims to support local projects that conserve,
restore, reconstruct, preserve and enable continued use of Ballarat’s heritage
The City of Ballarat hopes that the pilot of the Preserving Our Heritage
Grants Program will result in greater understanding of heritage work and
an increased number of projects undertaken in the area.
Launched in 2011, the program provides matched funding to a broad
selection of projects in two different areas, either commercial properties in
eligible streets in Ballarat’s CBD, or residential and commercial properties
in Heritage Overlay areas outside of the CBD.
Owners of commercial properties in eligible streets in the CBD could apply
for grants up to $40,000. Owners of commercial properties in the Heritage
Overlay area outside of the eligible streets in the CBD could also apply for
grants up to $20,000, while owners of residential properties could apply
for grants up to $5,000.
All applicants were required to demonstrate ability to provide matched
funding. In cases where owner contributions could not be met, applicants
were encouraged to seek funding through the City of Ballarat’s Heritage
Restoration Loan Scheme.
The Preserving Our Heritage Together Grants Allocations Panel reviewed
35 residential and 18 commercial requests totalling $600,165 and was
delighted at the standard of grant applications.
Ranging from making buildings safe to a full façade reinstatement, the
successful projects demonstrate the diverse range of heritage types, works
and trades undertaken in the area.
The 2011 program’s budget of $75,000 was allocated across a range of
All unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to apply for future funding.
Below: L to R: Jemima,Ailsa and Laurie Brackley, David Dobbie being presented with a $5,000
Heritage Grant by City of Ballarat Cr Samantha McIntosh towards the restoration of 337-341
High Street, Learmonth as part of the Preser ving our Heritage Grants program
Above: Neil Wright and Lois Keating from the Sebastopol Historical Society with
objects from Sebastopol’s early life
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