19 Feb Visit from the Minister
We had a visit from the Hon Richard Wynne, Minister for Planning last week. The Minister was in Castlemaine to survey the completion of conservation works to the garden at Buda as well as the sprinkler system now installed to protect the historic property against fire. This work was made possible with a $50,000 Living Heritage Program grant in 2018. A further $120,000 was granted in August 2019 for urgent repairs to the historic villa to ensure ongoing public access and protect the interiors. These repairs are expected to be completed in 2020.
He went on to announce that round five of the program, which offers grants of $20,000 to $200,000 for the conservation of significant heritage places and objects, will open on Monday 17 February.