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Several historic Bunbury sites listed for rejuvenation

By Kevin Kelly

Every year, the Heritage Grants Program awards huge amounts of funding to special sites and buildings all over Western Australia.

This year, three spots in Bunbury have been awarded funding for rejuvenation! The town is a fantastic cultural hotspot with many relics from the colonial period, including the King Cottage Museum in the centre of town. The city's rich history and focus on preserving its past is just one of the many drawcards for those looking to purchase Bunbury real estate.

Which Bunbury sites are getting a makeover?

The Lyric Theatre, Rose Hotel, and Forrest Homestead have all been allocated funds for renovation.

A whopping $100,000 grant will go to the Lyric Theatre to fix cracks, repaint the facades, stabilise the exterior and generally give the whole place a spruce up. This old building is an iconic gem of the town, dating back more than 100 years, with a history as a theatre and shops throughout that time.

The Rose Hotel is an example of 1860s architecture that is quickly disappearing around Western Australia, making this project all the more special. The funding will go towards a plan to conserve the site, a detailed history of the hotel, and suggestions for future development.

Just down the road is the Forrest Homestead in Picton, a site built in 1849 and the childhood home of WA's first Premier Sir John Forrest. The funding is going to eradicate the olive lace infestation that has made itself at home in the olive trees on the site.

These are just three of the 28 projects awarded funding this year.

About the Heritage Grants Program

The Heritage Grants Program exists purely to improve and maintain historic sites through funding for conservation projects and plans. It is only open to sites that are already on the list of Heritage Places or the State Register, and it offers maximum payouts of $100,000 – like the one given to the Lyric Theatre – per site per year.

In many cases, the grants given join funds supplied by fundraising events and private investments to help historic places.

"This year's Heritage Grants Program provides more than $1.27 million which, when combined with owner contributions, will generate almost $3 million in conservation works," explained Heritage Minister Albert Jacob.

If you're looking to move to an area where culture and heritage are not just a wonderful attraction in town, but a major ongoing conservation priority, chat to the team at Ray White Bunbury to find out how.

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