Sunshine Coast residents helping to protect the region’s cultural heritage
  • Monday 24 July 2017
cultural heritage

Our region’s rich history will continue to be protected following Sunshine Coast Council’s endorsement of the annual Cultural Heritage Levy Program, committing almost $1.5 million to a wide range of projects.

The program is funded through an annual $11 contribution by Sunshine Coast ratepayers and helps to ensure that local cultural places, heritage and history are protected for generations to come.

Heritage Portfolio Councillor and chairperson of the Sunshine Coast Cultural Heritage Reference Group Rick Baberowski said the program was designed to preserve, promote and celebrate our local heritage.

“Council is committed to the ongoing protection and preservation of our heritage, particularly as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast,” Cr Baberowski said.

“The levy was established in 2010 and is the key funding source for a range of heritage programs and initiatives.

“The 2017/18 program includes a range of programs, including the provision of interpretive trails in Palmwoods and the Maroochy River foreshore area, grant programs, funding for the maintenance of heritage facilities and support for the regional community museum network.

“The network is predominantly run by volunteers and the fantastic work they do is integral to the preservation of a number of important collections and also memorabilia that tells a part of our region’s story.

“Exciting new inclusions in this year’s program are the development of a Heritage Trees register for the Sunshine Coast region and the inaugural Sunshine Coast Open House program, which is designed to showcase regional architectural and heritage places.

In addition, feasibility studies will investigate the development of a regional heritage collection storage space, explore options for a heritage interpretive space for the community to access, and a scoping study for regional cultural heritage tourism opportunities.”

The 2017/18 levy program reflects the five key themes of the Heritage Plan 2015-2020 - Knowledge, Conservation, Support, Communication and Advocacy.

The 2017/18 program will deliver a range of outcomes including:

  • $75,000 towards increasing knowledge through heritage studies, regional digitisation programs and development of a Heritage Trees register;
  • $106,000 towards conservation of, and community access to, cultural heritage places;
  • $393,633 towards support of heritage places through programs, events, training, financial assistance and specialist advice;
  • $262,000 towards regional grant programs, cultural tourism initiatives and events, support for the Sunshine Coast heritage network, cultural programs and interpretive projects, including heritage trails;
  • $493,883 towards the Heritage Futures Fund.

The Cultural Heritage Levy Program 2017/18 was developed with guidance from council’s Sunshine Coast Heritage Reference Group and prepared in accordance with council’s Heritage Levy Policy and Sunshine Coast Heritage Plan 2015-2020.

The Heritage Levy revenue for 2017/18 is estimated at $1,496,616 which will be generated from an $11 charge per rateable property.

Visit council’s website for more information on the Cultural Heritage Levy.

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Image: Buckboard originally built by George Adams blacksmith and coachbuilder, Eumundi c.1920’s. Purchased from Jack Parker of Kenilworth and restored for display at Discover Eumundi.