HISTORIC LAMP STANDARDS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
A much-loved feature of the Bathurst streetscape in the Central Business District are the historic lamp standards.
There are 105 lamp standards dating back to the 1930s and thanks to funding from the NSW Government their future looks brighter than ever.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole today announced a NSW Government Heritage Grant of $20,000 for the local council to ensure the longevity of the striking ornamental lights.
“This grant will initiate the start of the Bathurst Street and Park Lamps Condition Assessment and Management Plan,” Mr Toole said.
“The aim of the project is to produce a heritage management document to assess the current condition of the Bathurst street and park heritage lamp standards and provide a detailed and prioritised repair schedule and maintenance plan for their ongoing upkeep and repair.
“These old lamp standards are a feature of Bathurst, but they are almost 90 years old and it’s time to do some serious planning to ensure they are here for generations to come.”
Mr Toole said the NSW Government Heritage Grants Program helps local communities across the state to know, value and care for heritage.
“Our heritage brings benefit to all the community, enriching our lives, improving our wellbeing and helping to stimulate the local economy,” he said.
“Grant projects such as the lamp standards of Bathurst help ensure that our heritage is conserved and maintained. We want to actively engage communities in understanding and promoting the fascinating stories of our state.”
The 2021-23 grants will see $5.5 million awarded to over 220 projects statewide across three categories: Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, Caring for State Heritage and Community Heritage.