Scot MacDonald
2nd Jun 2017

Cessnock City Council will receive $55,000 under the NSW Government’s Heritage Grants Program, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today.

These grants will be used in conjunction with $30,000 in funding from Cessnock City Council to maintain and conserve the convict built stone wall known as Ramsey’s Leap on Great North Road and assist in funding the services of local heritage advisors and local grant programs.

 “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’s important to protect, promote and celebrate it.”

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

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent welcomed the funding announcement, “We are immensely proud of our heritage in the Cessnock Local Government Area, it is what makes our region so special and unique” Cr Pynsent said.

“Additional support from the NSW Government is vital to ensure we maintain the wonderful remnants of the past and keep them vibrant into the future,”

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.

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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