Member for Bega Andrew Constance announced today that Central Tilba School of Arts Trust Inc. would receive a NSW Government heritage grant to enable the hall acoustics to be upgraded.

The $31,046 grant was one of almost 40 grants awarded under the latest round of the Government’s Heritage Near Me Activation Grants Program.

Mr Constance said this grant will allow installation of acoustic panelling in the large Central Tilba Hall (built 1911) which, when fitted will reduce reverberation time sufficiently, to allow clear intelligibility of speech and usability of the Hall as a multi-purpose venue. “At present the hall is significantly impaired due to poor acoustics, this grant will see it transformed.

“This funding doesn’t only mean we can invest in protecting and preserving our local heritage but it means we’re giving more people the opportunity to appreciate their local history,” Mr Constance said. “These grants acknowledge and support the vital role owners and managers of locally listed heritage items play in protecting our local heritage.”

Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton said the funding was designed for local government, businesses and community organisations to reactivate and preserve local heritage spaces and precincts.

“This funding will help communities build on the knowledge they have with their heritage. Nobody knows their heritage better than the locals who live and breathe it,” Ms Upton said.

The Heritage Activation Grants, which are part of the Heritage Near Me program, are specifically for items listed on council Local Environmental Plans.

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