Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC today confirmed a break through in heritage protection for the Ourimbah Railway Station Master's cottage and two Heritage grants to Central Coast Coast for $26,000.
Mr MacDonald said “After community advocacy to protect the cottage and having visited the site earlier this month, I can confirm the Department of Transport has agreed to pause the plans to demolish the building.”
“I have an undertaking that if the community and an appropriate organisation will 'adopt' the Station Masters cottage and agree to preserve it and use it in sympathy with its condition, the Department of Transport will review its plans for the Rail precinct at Ourimbah.”
“We are not out of the woods with this building. This is not an open ended offer from the Department. It will need resolution within six months.”
Mr MacDonald also announced a $26,000 grant to Central Coast Council to support Council's Heritage Advisor Service and assist with Heritage works.
"I hope some of these funds could be directed to co-ordinate a plan for the restoration and use of the Ourimbah Rail cottage. That might include Council calling for expressions of interest from community groups to 'adopt' the cottage and preserve it for future generations."
The $26,000 grant is sourced from NSW Government’s Heritage Grants Program and matches a commitment from Central Coast Council.
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