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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP

FUNDING BOOST FOR HISTORIC ESKBANK HOUSE AND MUSEUM

The NSW Government is continuing to throw its support behind historic Eskbank House and Museum at Lithgow.


This follows the announcement by Member for Bathurst Paul Toole that Lithgow City Council’s application for a Caring for State Heritage Grant has been successful.


As a result, $120,000 will be made available by the government to undertake much-needed maintenance and repair work to the iconic building.


This sum will be matched with another $120,000 from Lithgow City Council, bringing the total to $240,000 for these important upgrades.



Mr Toole said Eskbank House and Museum gained a listing on the State Heritage Register in 2018 which paved the way for it to be eligible for funding for its ongoing care.


“Eskbank House opened as a museum in 1966 and came into the care and control of Lithgow City Council in 2003,” he said.


“The Museum is now operated by council with the support of volunteers as a Heritage tourist attraction and local community space.”


Lithgow Mayor Maree Statham said Eskbank House was established in 1841 and that the grant represents a significant contribution to the cost of council’s planned Eskbank House and Museum’s capital works program.


“Caring for heritage benefits the community by promoting tourism,” she said.


The Eskbank House and Museum capital works program project will prioritise roofing replacement and repairs to a number of buildings, improved drainage, replacement of timber balustrade to the loft above the stables, repair of timber doors, upgrade of non-compliant toilets, improved accessibility and protection of sandstone flagging.

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