A recent article in Adelaide Now The Advertiser 31 May 2018 gave me a reason to pause and think about our state heritage.
Here is a small excerpt.
State heritage-listed properties affected by State Government cuts to grant funding, says former head of SA Heritage Council
PROTECTION of the state’s most significant buildings has been “significantly impacted” because of State Government funding cuts, the former chair of the state’s heritage council has warned.
Judith Carr has also estimated that more than $2 million a year in private investment towards protecting heritage buildings has been lost due to the government scrapping two key programs that -subsidized- heritage restoration.
Her concerns were raised in a February letter to the new SA Heritage Council, headed by Keith Conlon, which has the power to enter buildings on the State Heritage Register.
Mrs Carr, who stepped down from her three-year term in April, said there were no grants available to help conserve and “activate” state heritage-listed places aside from those provided by Adelaide City Council, which budgets $1 million for ratepayers of city-based heritage-listed properties.
What a lot of South Australia’s history and character may be lost with this reduction!
If these buildings are no longer sustainable in their current form through lack of funds, then perhaps commercially repurposing them could protect our heritage and architectural character.
Looking around Adelaide I see most notably the Treasury Buildings repurposed as the Medina Hotel as a great example of preservation and private investment. The Law Courts is another fine example of repurposing, turning a heritage retail building into a magnificent public building. (Brimblecombe Builders worked on the interior joinery here.)
We have also repurposed heritage buildings
It is important that we keep in touch with our past, and preservation and or repurposing old buildings is one way. For the preservation or preserving of Adelaide's or South Australia's heritage buildings, consider consulting Brimblecombe Builders.
too, turning the old Penfolds Winery building into a new Technical Studies Area for Temple Christian College
. Another example is the conversion of the old Unley Police Station into new headquarters for St John Ambulance SA
Other notable examples of preservation and or repurposing are the Port Adelaide and Semaphore Council buildings, Harts Mill and the Maritime Museum.