Heritage Fund Council Report
Mosman Council recently resolved to adopt changes to the Mosman Heritage Fund. The changes seek to utilise the fund to improve the historic character of the Military Road Heritage Conservation Area (HCA).
The Heritage Fund is a Council operated initiative that provides dollar for dollar grants for property owners undertaking works to heritage properties throughout Mosman that maintain and improve heritage features.
At the 7 May 2019 meeting, Council considered a report that recommended implementing a targeted promotion strategy to encourage heritage fund applications from properties within the Military Road HCA. In addition, the report recommended an increasing the maximum grant available through the Heritage Fund from $3000 to $5000 for Heritage Items and from $1000 to $1500 for Heritage Conservation Areas.
Council unanimously resolved to support the recommendations of the report which can be accessed here. The changes will commence from 1 July 2019.
Military Road Heritage Conservation Area
The changes intend to encourage properties within the Military Road HCA to undertake repairs, maintenance and improvement works that will ultimately enhance the iconic area.
The Military Road HCA spans from Spit Junction to Mosman Junction and includes 145 properties. The historic character and amenity of the area is outstanding, exemplifying the classic village feel for which Mosman is renowned.
The Mosman Heritage Review, prepared by Godden Mackay Heritage Consultants in 1996 describes the area as:
“In aesthetic terms the commercial and retail area of Military Road is a marvellous microcosm of the range of architecture to be found in Mosman, distinctively combining retail and residential uses in a unified, lively and diverse linear and curvilinear streetscape”
Although the Military Road HCA is of a high quality, heritage properties require frequent maintenance and upkeep. Some properties within the area feature worn exteriors, dilapidated materials and unsympathetic additions. It is anticipated that the new strategy will unlock untapped potential within the HCA by encouraging sympathetic works that improve the visual and historic amenity of the area.