Grant Success

The National Trust of South Australia are excited to announce our success with three grants in the past month.

As a not-for-profit, grant funding is vital to our ongoing conservation works and efforts. As our commitments with previous grants come to an end, it is exciting to know that future projects are in the works. The successful projects are across both built and natural heritage, ranging from general maintenance to larger conservation works.

South Australian Heritage Conservation Grants Program – Auburn Police Station and Courthouse Roof Repairs 

$20,000 has been allocated to vital repairs works of the Auburn Museum, former Police Station and Courthouse. The project aims to comprehensively restore the historic building with primary focus being on repairing the roof, reinstating damaged gutters, downpipes, and sheeting. Existing funding obtained by the Auburn Branch from the Clare and Gilbert Valley Council will contribute towards repairing the original Welsh slate roofing. These repairs will guarantee that the building remains water tight and weather proof, conserving the interior and roof structure of the building. The repairs will ensure the buildings ongoing use as a museum and community space for Heritage Arts and Traditions Inc (HATs Inc).

South Australian Heritage Conservation Grants Program – National Australia Bank Burra Conservation Works 

$9,090 has been allocated to repair the interior and exterior walls of the Old Kitchen room of the bank, as well as the external north-west wall. Works will include repointing and rebuilding of areas affected by salt damp. These works will protect the building from deterioration and ensure the heritage fabric of the building is conserved and protected.

Native Vegetation Heritage Agreement Grant Program – Waitaparinga Reserve 

$13,150 has been allocated towards restoring the land through buschcare, weed control and revegetation to reflect a healthy grassy woodland community. The site was historically used to graze cattle, however restoration started in the 1950s. The site now supports 185 locally indigenous species and includes EPBC Endangered Grey Box (E. microcarpa) ecological community. Site restoration has been incredibly successful, and its sucess can be attributed to the significant efforts of volunteers, Waitaparinga Management Committee and the National Trust of SA.