Scot MacDonald
20th Apr 2017

Awabakal Aboriginal land Council will receive $150,000 under the NSW Government’s Heritage Grants Program to stabilise the Old Post Office building in Newcastle, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC announced today.

The announcement marks this year’s Australian Heritage Festival, which runs until 21 May.

“Looking after our heritage is everyone’s responsibility and communities play an important role in maintaining and promoting local heritage,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Our local heritage speaks to our history so it is important to protect, promote and celebrate it.”

This grant was awarded as part of the Major Works Stream.

Councils, Aboriginal organisations, peak heritage organisations and owners of heritage items have been awarded a share of $5.4 million in grant funding as part of the program.  

Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton said almost 220 grants were awarded across the state in consultation with the NSW Heritage Council.

“These successful grant projects will help to continue to preserve and promote our connection with our past,” Ms Upton said.

“I encourage people to use this week to explore their local heritage. There are also a number of National Trust NSW Heritage Festival events running until 21 May for people to attend to celebrate our history.”

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the Heritage Act.

For more information about the projects and the NSW Government’s Heritage Grants, see and to find a National Trust NSW Heritage Festival event, go to

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