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European cultural heritage
In Australia, the term European cultural heritage is often used to describe items and places which represent historical events, experiences and people since European colonisation. Along with Indigenous heritage, European heritage contributes to the Australian sense of place, community and identity.

Council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) identifies items and places of European heritage significance. It also identifies Heritage Conservation Areas that are areas of land that contain sites, streetscapes, built forms and subdivision patterns representative of important periods and events in local and regional history.

There are serious penalties for knowingly harming or destroying items or places identified as being of heritage significance by Council’s LEP. Anyone proposing to carry out an activity which may impact upon the heritage significance of an item, place or heritage conservation area must investigate, assess and report on the harm that may be caused by that activity.

For more information about European Cultural Heritage of the Singleton Local Government Area (LGA) refer to Council’s LEP and Development Control Plan (DCP). The DCP provides applicants with guidance on the types of information and matters that need to be addressed by development applications proposing works which may impact upon European cultural heritage.

Aboriginal cultural heritage
Aboriginal cultural heritage includes places and items that are of significance to Aboriginal people because of their linkage to traditions, observances, lore, customs, beliefs and history. Aboriginal cultural heritage in NSW is primarily managed through Part 6 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (the Act).

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage is responsible for administering the Act; however Council has some responsibilities when assessing proposals to develop land that have the potential to impact upon Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Anyone proposing to carry out an activity that may harm an Aboriginal object or a declared Aboriginal place must investigate, assess and report on the harm that may be caused by that activity. There are serious penalties under the Act for knowingly harming or desecrating Aboriginal cultural heritage.

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has produced the Due Diligence Code of Practice for the Protection of Aboriginal Objects in NSW which provides guidance to individuals or organisations on how to determine whether an Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit (AHIP) must be obtained prior to commencement of the activity.

Further information about Aboriginal cultural heritage can be obtained from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, relevant Local Aboriginal Land Council and Council’s Local Environmental Plan.

Singleton Mount Thorley Heritage Grants
Singleton Council is committed to ensuring that our heritage is valued, protected, and enjoyed.

The Singleton Mount Thorley Heritage Grants have been provided to help communities to know, value and care for their heritage. The four streams of NSW Heritage Grants are the:
Community Heritage Projects - up to $30,000 per project
Major Works - $10,000 - $30,000 per project
Heritage Reports - up to $5,000
Heritage Emergency Works - up to $15,000
Education - up to $5,000
Technology - up to $5,000

Community Heritage Projects
Purpose: To facilitate the delivery of programs that support the promotion, protection and celebration of heritage in Singleton LGA or to deliver engaging projects that support community groups, to promote, protect and celebrate heritage across Singleton LGA.

Funding available: Up to $30,000 (per project ex GST)
Matching funding required: No

Major Works

Purpose: To conserve, protect, maintain, enhance and celebrate items listed on the Local Heritage Register.

Funding available: $10,000 to $30,000 (per project ex GST)
Matching funding required: Yes

Heritage Reports
Purpose: To enhance the quality and coverage of conservation documents and management reports for items listed on the LEP.

Funding available: Up to $5,000 (per project ex GST)
Matching funding required: No

Heritage Emergency Works
To avert immediate risk of further damage caused by unexpected events to the heritage values of a Local / State Heritage Register-listed item or item with a current Interim Heritage Order. Application in this category is to be made directly and immediately to Singleton Council outlining the nature of emergency works, the reason and cause of the emergency ie flood, tree incursion/collapse, accident, animal incursion etc. and expected restoration/ conservation necessary to make safe.

Funding available: Up to $15,000 (per project ex GST)
Matching funding required: No

Purpose: Open to schools developing educational programmes around local heritage that directly benefits students and advances local heritage skills and knowledge.

Funding available: Up to $5000 (per project ex GST)
Matching funding required: No

Purpose:  Open to businesses or individuals creating immersive/interactive/responsive/ heritage systems, processes or mobile applications regarding local heritage.

Funding available: Up to $5000 (per project ex GST)
Matching funding required: No

Application Process
Applications are to be addressed to Singleton Council listing the category which funding is sought, and include a description of the project, activity or function for consideration, outcomes likely delivered and the stage at which the funding is proposed for. 

All applications will be assessed by the Singleton Heritage Assessment Committee, which will provide a recommendation to Council. Council, in association with the Mount Thorley Warkworth Historic Heritage Conservation Fund, will review the recommendation and make the final funding decision. 
Successful applicants will be provided by email / mail. 

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To apply for a heritage grant, please download and complete the application form (this form can be completed digitally, and forwarded to ). 
One electronic copy of associated documentation shall be provided on either a USB or CD. 

Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290