Notes from the President

Ian Molyneux Exhibition

Fremantle Society Committee Member and architect Ken Adam opened former committee member and architect Ian Molyneux's art exhibition yesterday at the Peppermint Grove Library.

You can see the gorgeous control of colour and form in the paintings behind Ian - the framed ones being evocative Rottnest tributes.

The paintings are, like Ian, delightful, and start at the extremely reasonable price of $220.

Further details from Ian's daughter Claire:  0439 096 743


The second photo shows a restoration in progress in Pakenham Street Fremantle, where the paint has been chemically removed, and the frontage is having tuck pointing applied.

Heavy and often damaging plastic paint covers far too many buildings in the heritage town of Fremantle, and it is refreshing to see owners doing proper restoration to reveal the building as it once was. Not only is the end result far better looking -the building never has to be painted again.

The problem is - the extra expense of paint removal is beyond many owners, and they need help and encouragement from grants.

Fremantle Council have abolished their heritage grants program set up after Deputy Mayor Dowson's advocacy in 2009, but there is a small pool of money available from the Heritage Council, though applications close in ONE WEEK. See below:

State Heritage Grants

The State Heritage Grants stream subsidises the cost of urgent conservation works, documentation and professional advice relating to the conservation of State Registered places.

Who can apply? 

Private owners of State Registered places  

What types of projects can receive funding?

Physical conservation works, for example: 

  • structural stabilisation 
  • masonry repairs 
  • re-roofing works 
  • mitigation of damp 

Preparation of conservation management planning documents for State Registered Places or a place in the Heritage Council’s assessment program, for example:

  • cultural landscape management plans 
  • feasibility studies for future use activation

How much funding can I apply for?

Grants of up to $40,000 are offered for conservation works projects and up to $10,000 for non-works projects, on a dollar-for-dollar basis.  

Your project may be eligible to receive additional funding if it meets the ‘Major Conservation Project’ criteria outlined in the program guidelines.

Contact: The Heritage Council 6551 8002

John Dowson
The Fremantle Society
0409 223622

photos by John Dowson

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