Preserving Kilmores history

26 Sep 2017 North Central Review (Kilmore), Melbourne (General News) THE Kilmore Court House will undergo urgent conservation works thanks to a Heritage Grant of $130,000. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes met with members of the Kilmore Court House committee of management last Monday, September 18 to announce the Living Heritage Program grant. The Kilmore Court House is among our communitys most cherished assets and it is vital that these refurbishment works are carried out, Ms Symes said. The Kilmore Court House reflects our history and provides the stories of who we are and where we have come from. We invest in our heritage to ensure it remains for future generations. The Kilmore Court House is a local and iconic landmark that serves as the headquarters for four local community user groups, including the Kilmore Historical Society, the Kilmore Art Society, the Mechanics Institute and the Kilmore Celtic Festival. The grant will fund urgent conservation works that are needed at the Kilmore Court House, including the works to the roof and facade of the building. Kilmore Committee of Management Chair, Dianne Le Quiniat thanked Ms Symes for her assistance in helping them obtain the grant. Its (the Kilmore Court House) a beautiful building and were so grateful to Jaclyn Symes for her help shes been wonderful, Ms Le Quiniat said. Its the only heritage building left in community hands in the town and we want to preserve it for the community. Jaclyn Symes is so lovely and approachable and her staff are just lovely. It makes it easier for community groups to have someone they can talk to. Ms Symes added that it was wonderful to see the hard work of the committee recognised by Heritage Victoria and that it was lovely to see the iconic building being maintained and used by the community. The state governments $36.5 million Living Heritage Program is the single biggest boost to heritage assets in Victorian history. More than 1.9 million people visited Victorias heritage buildings, sites or monuments last year and more than half were international visitors. Applications for the next round of Living Heritage Program grants will open in February. Caption Text: Time gone by: Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes (centre) and members of the Kilmore Court House committee of management (from left) John Le Quiniat, Anna Bayley, Dianne Le Quiniat and David Law at the funding announcement. Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.