On the right track with preserving Burra heritage

National Trust Burra Branch chairperson Heidi Thompson looks forward to working with council on future-proofing the town's heritage sites.
National Trust Burra Branch chairperson Heidi Thompson looks forward to working with council on future-proofing the town's heritage sites.

A grant of more than $130,000, won by Regional Council of Goyder, will assist in protecting historic Cornish mining sites around the area. 

The council will work closely with the National Trust, Burra Branch to deliver a conservation management plan for the sites. 

National Trust Burra Branch chair Heidi Thompson said the grant would allow the two parties to work together to put a plan in place for the future of the heritage-listed sites. 

In 2017, Burra’s heritage area was nationally recognised on the Heritage List.

Some sites in Burra are owned by the council, while others are part of the National Trust Burra Branch portfolio. 

Ms Thompson said the funds would help with known costs for future spends - how the branch would best maintain sites while spending the right amount of money. 

She said volunteer hours had been the backbone of the preservation of the National Trust buildings throughout the area. 

The grant would also allow the two parties to build a relationship to maximise promotional opportunities for the town. 

“National Trust is really keen to work with council and National Trust Burra to highlight these sites,” Ms Thompson said. 

“We have been doing what we can to make sure that the buildings are maintained and not falling apart.”

Ms Thompson said while the council applied for and received the grant, the Burra Branch looked forward to working with it on the projects. 

“We are really fortunate to get this grant and to have a professional perspective on this conservation,” she said.

“We are trying to work together as a product not two groups working on our own.”

Ms Thompson said the works would be a positive for the community. 

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey was pleased to announce the funding through the Protecting National Historic Sites program and its help in preserving Burra’s historic Cornish mining sites.

“It is vitally important the invaluable work of local national trusts and volunteers is supported to preserve this history,” Mr Ramsey said. 

“National Heritage places...enrich us culturally.”