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Minister for the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts 2001-2004

The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP



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Media Release
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

14 April 2004

Heritage funds to protect NSW's architectural visions

The visionary creations of architects Walter Burley Griffin and Sir John Sulman will be better conserved following $712,236 Australian Government funding for NSW announced today.

The Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, said ' The Fishwick House ' designed by Griffin in the northern Sydney suburb of Castlecrag and the Sulman-designed St Andrew's Presbyterian Church at Manly were among 15 heritage sites across New South Wales to receive funding through the Cultural Heritage Projects Program (CHPP).

"This program is designed to help individuals, community groups and local governments protect their important heritage places," Dr Kemp said.

"Built in 1929, The Fishwick House is an innovative and lavish home designed by Walter Burley Griffin for his 'ideal garden suburb' of Castlecrag. Of the 14 houses built to his design in the suburb, it is the best preserved, the most authentic and the largest.

"This American architect was much taken by the beautiful natural settings that he discovered in Australia. Castlecrag was a visionary concept which enabled new styles of architecture to be built to complement this setting. The Fishwick House, with its distinctive and striking roofline, is an inspirational creation and one worth keeping for the generations ahead. The $24,597 funding for restoration work to its roof, will help its current owners in their efforts to return the house to its original glory.

Dr Kemp said Sir John Sulman, who gave his name to the prestigious architectural medal, was the most significant Australian architect of the late 1800s. He designed St Andrew's in 1888. It was built from sandstone two years later on the hill above the Manly isthmus. Through CHPP, St Andrew's will receive $100,00 to help repair and maintain its copper roof spire.

“In this Year of the Built Environment, it is important that we recognise the impact of good building design on our community and on our lives,” Dr Kemp said. “Fine design can inspire and uplift us, and can improve the quality of our lives at the most practical of levels.”

Dr Kemp said he believes the CHPP grants would invigorate many of Australia's valued heritage places by providing resources to help protect them for future generations.

“These projects will help to restore or repair an intriguing variety of heritage structures - each with a story to tell about the shaping of Australia and its people,” he said. “The funds will support those who are already dedicated to conserving the heritage places they treasure.”

Cultural Heritage Funding Information

The CHPP is open to not-for-profit and community groups, local government bodies and private owners of heritage properties. Projects eligible for funding relate to the conservation of nationally significant places listed in the Register of the National Estate and the Register's Interim List, or on a state heritage register.

Other projects in New South Wales that will receive this year's CHPP grants.

Commonwealth of Australia