Snowy Valley Council’s upgrade of the Adelong main street façade is under way with The Old Pharmacy building the first – and so far only – business to have had their upgrade completed.
Snowy Valleys Council received $100,000 in funding through the NSW Stronger Communities Fund Round 2 (SCF2) in a one-off funding program for the Adelong Main Street Façade initiative.
Fourteen local businesses in Tumut Street, Adelong took up the façade grants opportunity.
Buildings to gain funding included the aforementioned Old Pharmacy Building, the Services and Citizens Club, Bendigo Bank, the Adelong Hotel, Rustic Creations and the Community Hall, with applicants receiving grants ranging from $1300 to $10,000 with a co-contribution provided by the property owners.
The Old Pharmacy building is the first business to have had their upgrade completed and improvement works included the preparation and painting of the front veranda and awning.
The property owner received $8,000 in grant funding to undertake the upgrade works.
Property owner Steven Mihalic is happy with the grant and work.
“It’s a big improvement from what it was,” he said.
“The builder was great.”
He’s also grateful to the council.
“I didn’t really expect to get the grant, but I did. The work wouldn’t have been done without it.”
Snowy Valleys Council Executive Director Community and Corporate Paul Holton said the council implemented building permits, development consents and traffic control plans) for each project and a heritage advisor also assisted owners with approved colour palettes and project scope.
“All projects were to be completed by May 2020; however, we understand that some businesses may be applying for a funding extension due to delays caused by the bushfires and Covid-19,” he said.