The Glenreagh Mountain Railway Inc. will receive an $11,160 NSW Government heritage grant, the Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, announced today.

The grant was one of almost 40 grants awarded under the latest round of the government’s Heritage Near Me Activation Grants Program.

Mr Fraser said this grants program provided support to heritage items which were open to the public.

“This funding doesn’t only mean we can invest in protecting and preserving our local heritage but it means we’re giving more people the opportunity to appreciate their local history,” Mr Fraser said.

“These grants acknowledge and support the vital role owners and managers of locally listed heritage items play in protecting our local heritage.”

The grant to Glenreagh Mountain Railway Inc. will go towards engaging a qualified bridge engineer to carry out an inspection and prepare a report on the condition of the Little Nymboida River underbridge on the Glenreagh to Dorrigo Railway.

Heritage Minister Gabrielle Upton said the funding program was designed for local government, businesses and community organisations to reactivate and preserve local heritage spaces and precincts.

“This funding will help communities build on the knowledge they have with their heritage. Nobody knows their heritage better than the locals who live and breathe it,” Ms Upton said.

The Heritage Activation Grants, which are part of the Heritage Near Me program, are specifically for items listed on council Local Environmental Plans.

For more information on the Heritage Near Me program, including the Heritage Activation Grant program, visit http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritage/heritage-support.htm