Media Releases 2010

Council offers a helping hand to restore heritage buildings

21 September 2010

More of Yarra’s much-loved heritage buildings are set to be restored, with their owners able to apply for grants and low-interest loans for restoration works.

Council will provide $50,000 towards the grants and loans program, which will be run by the Melbourne Heritage Restoration Fund (MHRF).

Eligible applicants could receive up to 50% of the cost of restoring the front of their building to its original state.

Works could include the removal of modern additions, the replacement of a modern tiled roof with original slates or even the reinstatement of a missing verandah.

Yarra Mayor Cr Jane Garrett said the wider community would also benefit from the grants program.

“These grants and low interest loans will make it more achievable for heritage buildings to be restored to their former glory,” Cr Garrett said.

“The funding is only available for works that are visible from the public domain, meaning the whole community will be able to enjoy the results,” she said. 

“Heritage buildings are a big part of what makes Yarra special - they contribute greatly to the character of our city.”

MHRF will assess the individual merits of each application, and then decide the level of grant funding to be provided to eligible applicants.

To be eligible, property owners must be proposing works to buildings that are subject to a Heritage Overlay, the works must propose to restore or reinstate original features and must be visible from the street.

Assistance is not available for routine repairs and maintenance, for works to interiors or for works that have already commenced or have been completed.

MHRF is a not-for-profit organisation set up by Melbourne City Council and the State Government in 1988, to help conserve local heritage buildings for the enjoyment of the wider community.

Initially only available for Melbourne City Council heritage buildings, the MHRF has now expanded to include buildings in Yarra. MHRF and Council will both contribute to the pool of funding, which will be available until 30 June 2011.

Community members who would like more information can contact Matthew Milbourne, Strategic Planner, on 9205 5322 or at, or click here.


For media enquiries about this issue, please contact:

Ainslie Gowan
Coordinator Communications and Public Relations
Richmond Town Hall
333 Bridge Road Richmond
Telephone 9205 5177, 0400 933 700


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