The Maloney Gates at the entrance to Taree Park will be repaired and restored in the coming year through MidCoast Council's local heritage fund.
The historic gates, an important featured of the heritage listed park, date back to 1939 and were named in recognition of former Taree dentist Alban Albury Maloney.
Almost $8000 will be spent on the project, with savings made from the recent Wingham Vampire Jet restoration project reallocated to this project. The Nabiac Park War Memorial will also be restored through the program.
This was unanimously supported by present councillors at the June 24 ordinary council meeting.
Allocations through the fund provide financial assistance to owners of heritage buildings to undertake restoration works and conservation plans.
Council's director of liveable communities Paul De Szell said the fund provides an incentive for owners to maintain heritage buildings and is jointly funded by council and the NSW Heritage Branch.
"This fund has been successful in providing a helping hand to landowners of heritage homes who are often faced with costs to maintain the property as they need to use specialist materials, construction methods or services to maintain the heritage character of their homes," Mr De Szell explained.
Councillors also endorsed the allocation of $30,000 to 16 applicants, such as Taree Masonic Hall, Tinonee Memorial School of Arts, Gloucester District Historical Society and Nabiac Memorial Neighbourhood Centre.
Each fund allocation depends on the extent of work proposed, the visibility and public accessibility of the project and whether the applicant had received funds before.
Examples of the work being undertaken as a result of the funding includes repairing front fences, replacing guttering and fascia boards, external painting, replacement of roofing and repairs to windows and verandahs.
"Conservation of these heritage places has a positive community impact for current and future generations, not only by extending the life of our local heritage items and areas, but also supporting local businesses undertaking this work," Mr De Szell said.