Funding announced for Strawberry Hill at Barmup, Albany

Funding announced for Strawberry Hill at Barmup, Albany

Conservation General
Funding announcement Strawberry Hill

10 May 2024

The National Trust of Western Australia welcomed the recent news of a $3,762,000 investment into Strawberry Hill at Barmup in Albany.

The investment is part of the 2024-25 State Budget, committed to improve the condition of the historic buildings and ensure the safety of staff, volunteers and visitors.

“We are thrilled to be receiving funding that will enable us to conserve the heritage values of Strawberry Hill at Barmup and ensure we maintain the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff” said Julian Donaldson CEO National Trust of Western Australia.

Funds will be allocated to heritage buildings, site parking, internal road upgrades, fencing, new universal access toilets, expected to be completed by the end of 2025.

Conservation to the Main House will address structural issues and rising damp that is affecting the moveable heritage collection. Work to the Cottage will remove damaged cement render and repair the original adobe walls.

The infrastructure improvements will include new signage on Middleton Road, boundary fencing, a new entry point for pedestrians and cyclists, improved car parking and bus drop off areas and improvements as required to universal access including upgraded paths and new toilet facilities. An area of endemic vegetation will be conserved as a reflection of the significance of the site to the Menang community.

The conservation and improvements will enhance the visitor experience, enable Strawberry Hill at Barmup to be considered a popular venue for community events, a cultural tourism drawcard and an important focus for education programs.

The funded works will be a fundamental component of our ‘Albany 2026’ activities. “We’re committed to be a part of Albany 2026, and are considering a program of reflection, learning, truth telling and welcome,” he said.

For further information please refer to the following links: Cook Government delivering on what matters for the Great Southern

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