State Government provides $100,000 grant for CBH Grain Silos restoration project

The CBH Grain Silos close to Casuarina Drive. Photo: Thomas Munday.
The CBH Grain Silos close to Casuarina Drive. Photo: Thomas Munday.

The former CBH Grain Silos’ site is among 22 Western Australian heritage places to receive funding under the State Government’s $1.22 million 2018-19 Heritage Grants Program.

The program, overseen by the Heritage Council of Western Australia, offers dollar-for-dollar funding of up to $100,000 to help private owners conserve and revitalise their properties.

The Heritage Grants Program has awarded almost 790 grants, totalling $20.8 million since the program’s inception in 1997.

In total, this year’s Heritage Grants Program will allocate $1.22 million which, when combined with owner contributions, will generate approximately $3.4 million in conservation around the State.

Heritage Minister David Templeman

Heritage Minister David Templeman said the Bunbury landmark, located on Casuarina Drive, would benefit from a $100,000 grant for a full inspection of the site’s exterior walls. 

Mr Templeman said the inspection would help to repair cracking. 

“The CBH Grain Silos in Bunbury were the first advance storage and mechanical bulk grain handling facility constructed in WA,” he said.

“In 2000, work started on a significant adaptive reuse project to transform the historic grain silos into residential apartments.

“The restoration of this landmark building heralded a new era for Bunbury and helped revitalise Bunbury’s Marlston Waterfront tourism precinct.”

The Minister added the landmarks/projects were situated in a variety of locations around the state. 

“In total, this year’s Heritage Grants Program will allocate $1.22 million which, when combined with owner contributions, will generate approximately $3.4 million in conservation around the State,” he said. 

“This funding will allow private owners to conserve and revitalise 11 regional and 11 metropolitan State Registered heritage properties, protecting some of our State’s most valuable heritage assets and stimulating heritage tourism.”

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