Scot MacDonald
12th Sep 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today joined Maitland City Council Mayor Loretta Baker to announce Maitland City Council has received an $80,000 Heritage Near Me Activation Grant from the NSW Liberal National Government.

The grant will enable preparation of a heritage interpretation strategy for the Morpeth Courthouse (Museum), associated detailed landscape design and implementation of works.

The project is one of 33 projects across NSW that will share $2.67 million in grants to provide for the upgrade, expansion, restoration or conservation of locally listed heritage items in towns and suburbs across NSW.

Mr MacDonald said the Heritage Near Me Activation Grants target heritage items that are accessible to the public.

“I’m pleased to be able to support the crucial role played by heritage owners and managers, and congratulate Maitland City Council on their innovation in bringing our local heritage to life.”

“By encouraging the community to use and enjoy our heritage places we ensure they are valued and protected for future generations.”

‘It is great that Council has received this Heritage Near Me Grant funding for the Morpeth Courthouse Museum,” Ms Baker said.

“It is a beautiful building and it’s wonderful that we’ve received these funds to assist in the continued development of the site. I really value heritage and believe strongly in preserving it so I love seeing projects like this getting the help they deserve.’

This year marks the third round of Heritage Near Me Activation Grants. Over the three years, a total of $8 million has been awarded to support 107 local heritage projects across the state.

To read more about the Heritage Near Me program go to

To find out how recipients of previous Heritage Near Me Activation Grant rounds have been protecting, sharing, and celebrating their unique local heritage, go to