Scot MacDonald
5th May 2017

Port Stephens Council will receive $24,000 under the NSW Government’s Heritage Grants Program to fund the services of local heritage advisors and community grants 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.”

Wayne Wallis, General Manager of Port Stephens Council said “Port Stephens towns such as Raymond Terrace and Hinton are steeped in history and have significant heritage elements.”

“Maintaining and protecting that heritage is something we are always keen to partner the community on. This funding allows us to do that.”

These grants were awarded across Local Government Heritage Advisors and Local Heritage Places streams.

Local Heritage Places enable councils across the state to fund their own small grants programs to encourage community action on the front line of heritage protection.

Heritage Advisors assists in funding the services of local heritage advisors who provide expert knowledge to help local communities on heritage planning and conservation.

“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”, Minister for Heritage Gabrielle Upton said.

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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