Heritage Disaster Recovery Grants to restore Queensland history

Ten of Queensland’s heritage-listed buildings damaged by the extraordinary rainfall and flooding events of 2021-2022 will be repaired and restored with the support of Heritage Disaster Recovery Grants from the Queensland and Australian Governments.

Jointly funded under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA), the $300,000 program will ensure the recovery of landmark Queensland properties for future generations to enjoy.

Disaster-damaged heritage properties located through Brisbane, Scenic Rim, west to Toowoomba, Jimbour and Blackall, and north to Gympie, will benefit from grants up to $35,000.

As well as restoration, the investment will also improve the resilience of these historical structures.

  • Blackall Historical Woolscour: $35,000 to repair and replace roofing sheets and water-damaged flooring in the shearing shed area
  • Farrington House, Alderley: $24,146 to repair the gabled dormers and plaster ceiling that have deteriorated since severe storms of February 2022
  • Gympie Memorial Park Bandstand: Gympie Regional Council will receive $35,000 to undertake works to restore the bandstand after it was inundated by back-to-back floods
  • Hanworth House, East Brisbane: $26,700 to restore the structural integrity of the building and combat rising damp that has been an issue since early 2022
  • Jimbour House, Dalby: $35,000 to repair rain damage to the western balcony’s soffit and to install a drainage system to prevent future flooding across the property, including its signature Hangar space
  • Lahey’s Tramway Tunnel, Scenic Rim: Scenic Rim Regional Council will receive $35,000 to restore tunnel access after it was obstructed by storm impacts in 2022
  • St Mary’s Anglican Church, Kangaroo Point: the Corporation of the Synod of the Diocese of Brisbane will receive $28,800 to carry out roof restoration works
  • St Mary’s Catholic Church, South Brisbane: the Corporation of the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane will receive $27,782 to repair and restore parts of the roof
  • Toowoomba’s Russell Mineral Equipment: $24,368 to repair the roof and box gutter of 2 Russell Street Toowoomba damaged during the February 2022 storms
  • Wyambyn Homestead, Tabragalba: $35,000 to repaint the exterior of the homestead and repair damage caused by 2022's significant storm systems 

In announcing funding recipients, the Queensland Government acknowledged the importance of these buildings in providing a snapshot of the state’s history and lifestyle.

By repairing and conserving historical sites, Queensland’s identity is not only strengthened but protected.