THE home of the Bathurst and District Historical Society inside the southern wing of the Court House building is in for a $100,000 upgrade thanks to the NSW Government.
Support from the Stronger Country Communities Fund will allow the interior of the Society’s museum to receive a new lease of life with a fresh coat of paint, new carpets and improved window tinting.
Bathurst MP Paul Toole said the local historical society’s museum tells the story of the region’s rich history, from the first European contact to the current Century, of which some elements are of national significance.
"The interior of the museum, in particular its flooring and paintwork, has fallen into a state of disrepair," Mr Toole said. "The museum was fitted out in the 1980s and has had very little work done since then.
"The carpet is now very worn and poses a danger to volunteers and visitors, especially on the stairs. The windows need retinting to a museum standard to protect artefacts from UV light."
Mr Toole said the upgrades will ensure the Museum’s surroundings reflect the quality of the displays and enhances its valuable collection.
He said refurbishments such as this can only add to the cultural identity of a historic city such as Bathurst, showcase its heritage and which is an economic driver for the region.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the roll out of the second round projects takes Stronger Country Communities funding to $300 million.
"I congratulate Bathurst and District Historical Society Regional for the work it does in the community and there’s no doubt this grant will make the region an even more attractive place to learn and discover," Mr Barilaro said.
"The $300 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.6 billion Regional Growth Fund that is employing local tradies, putting local suppliers to work and providing the right environment to operate regional businesses," he said.