Wednesday, 18 September 2019

The Andews Labor Government is protecting Victoria’s most important cultural landmarks and buildings with a record $3 million in grants from the Living Heritage Program.

Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing today announced a $43,000 grant from this year’s program for repairs and conversation works on the Former Walhalla Post Office and Residence.

The Labor Government’s $60 million Living Heritage Program was launched in 2016 and this year has seen the most applications, the most projects and record funding of more than $3 million.

This funding will not only help to preserve our heritage history, it will also support traditional trades and increase tourism opportunities.

The grant will enable the installation of a garden-based fire protection system around the perimeters of the Former Wallhalla Post Office and Residence.

The Living Heritage Grants Program is the biggest boost to heritage assets in Victorian history, funding the repair and restoration of the most significant places and objects throughout the state.

For the full list of grant recipients visit:

Applications for the next round of the Living Heritage Program will open early 2020.

Quote attributable to the Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne

“This program is saving significant heritage sites all over Victoria and preserving them for future generations.”

 Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing

“It is wonderful to know that the former Walhalla Post Office and Residence will be preserved for future generations as it is an important part of the rich history of Gippsland.”

“Heritage is not just about preserving history, it’s a major part of rural and regional Victoria’s tourism industry which, for attractions like the historic town of Walhalla, contribute to sustainable economic development.”