Successful Projects for 2015-2016

ACT Heritage Grants 2015-16   


Project Title

Project Summary


Geological Society of Australia Inc

Woolshed Creek Fossil Site

To restore public amenity at the heritage listed Woolshed Creek Fossil Site. The project will involve landscaping, restoring fencing, and improving signage, and will complement the work being undertaken by Roads ACT to construct a pathway for public access.


Presbyterian Church of St Andrew

“Living Stones” Heritage Exhibition

The heritage listed St Andrew's House and adjacent Presbyterian Church of St Andrew will feature an archival centre of unique historical items that will highlight the role church members have played in the development of Canberra for over 80 years as "Living Stones".


St Pauls Anglican Church Manuka

Conservation Works

A base line survey to monitor building deterioration prior to the proposed ACT Diocese major construction immediately adjacent to the church building.


Australian Railway Historical Society

Locomotive 1210 Conservation Management Plan

 To enable the heritage registered Locomotive 1210 to be conserved for and used by future generations. Locomotive 1210 is of high significance to the history of the ACT as the ‘only known locomotive in the world to pull the first train into a national capital that can still be used operationally’.


Village of Hall & District Progress Association

Lyall Gillespie Collection

To conserve historian Lyall Gillespie’s collection which consists of several thousand items including research papers, books, photos, Aboriginal artefacts, artwork, index cards, etc. The transfer of this collection, which is possibly the largest private collection of Aboriginal objects in the ACT, represents a significant opportunity to adequately record, assess and manage it.


Conservation Council of the ACT

Gungahlin Woodlands Oral Histories

To capture oral histories of people involved in advocating for and creating the North Gungahlin Nature Reserves to protect and enhance the Yellow-Box Red Gum Woodlands.


National Trust of Australia (ACT)

Urban Polaris

The ACT Heritage Urban Polaris will be a seven hour navigating and cycling event where teams of two must find their way around a series of control points spread throughout Canberra, with heritage assets as checkpoints.


National Trust of Australia (ACT)

Heritage Festival Open Day

The National Trust Open Day is a highlight of the annual Canberra and Region Heritage Festival. The Open Days provide access to heritage-listed sites within the ACT, many of which are not open to the public and feature history, art and craft stalls and displays, traditional games for children, historical music and dancing, archaeological digs as well as older crafts such as wood turning and lacemaking.


Australian National University

Aboriginal Heritage Trail

To create a self guided heritage trail detailing the significant Aboriginal heritage of the Acton campus. This project will add to the existing Canberra Tracks network of interpretive signage, and provide an opportunity to raise awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal culture on the ANU Acton campus.


Australian National University

Lindsay Pryor Walk

To update the Lindsay Pryor Walk, which was originally developed at the ANU in the 1990s. Lindsay Pryor made a significant contribution to the early development of Canberra’s garden city and bush capital landscape. The project will make the walk more accessible to the public and include a new smartphone app and brochure.


St John the Baptist Reid

Conservation Works

To ensure that this 1840’s church building remains a key part of the heritage of the ACT.


Canberra Alpine Club

Conservation of Mt Franklin ski equipment  

To conserve and prevent further deterioration ofselected items of historic skiing equipment, displayed and stored in the Mount Franklin shelter. The artefacts provide a tangible link to the history and development of skiing in the ACT high country, given the destruction of the Mt Franklin Chalet in the 2003 bushfires.


All Saints Anglican Church Ainslie

Conservation Works

Guided by the Conservation Management Plan recently submitted to the Heritage Council. Specifically, to repair the stormwater drainage system in the church grounds.


Capital Woodland & Wetlands Conservation Trust

Interpretation of WWI Trench

Interpretation of and education about the 1916 Trench Warfare and Bombing School. The use of the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve as a trench and warfare bombing school, constructed in March 1916, is a little-known story in Canberra’s history.


Oaks Estate Progress Association

Digitise Oral History Tapes

To digitise 16 oral history audio tapes that relate to heritage listed Robertsons’ House.


Canberra & District Historical Society

Conservation of Historic Documents  

For the repair and restoration of three unpublished volumes, titled "Around Australia's Capital" recording the remarkable 1,300 miles of journeys by George Jefferis and John Whelen around the Federal Capital Territory between 1926 and 1931. The volumes include first hand descriptions, unique photographs, diagrams, maps and exquisite illustrations of native flora and fauna.


Anna & John Hyles

Conservation Works, Blythburn, Boroomba, Tharwa

Conservation works to the ACT heritage listed Blythburn Cottage at Booroomba Station, Paddy’s River. Built in the 1880s, the cottage is important for its connection to the McKeahnie pioneering family, its pastoral history that continues to this day, and for the recognition of reputedly the earliest pioneer cattle station run entirely by women.


National Parks Association of the ACT

Conservation Management Plan Kowen Forest Cultural Precinct

The Precinct has recently been provisionally registered by the Heritage Council. The Conservation Management Plan will determine policies for conservation, repairs, maintenance and reconstruction.  This project complements the heritage trail and signage project that the National Parks Association is currently developing with ACT Parks and Conservation Service.



Community Heritage Partnership Projects

Heritage Emergency Fund


The Emergency Fund was originally established in 2002 to fund projects that:

    • and conserve heritage places and objects under threat of imminent destruction;
    • to unforeseen events such as urgent repairs and/or conservation works;  and
    • focus on age and infirmity such as oral histories that capture important aspects of  Canberra’s heritage.
 Heritage Advisory Service This funding provides one hour of free heritage and architectural advice to prospective heritage purchasers and/or owners of heritage places intending to renovate or restore their properties.


The Canberra & Region Heritage Festival The Canberra & Region Heritage Festival has been running for 33 years as a community celebration of the ACT’s Aboriginal, historic and natural heritage.  Next year’s festival will run from 2-18 April 2016 with the theme Discovery and Rediscovery. The proposed budget will be used for advertising and promotion for the Festival.