Railway Station Lease
The lease for the Carcoar Railway Station is now open and available for option. The site overlooks the village and is a popular drawcard for visitors. This impressive late victorian railway building is well maintained and has recently been painted and upgraded. The building would lend itself to various uses including an eatery, gallery or railway museum. Anyone with an interest in the property should contact John Holland Group either directly or via Rebecca Ryan RRyan@blayney.nsw.gov.au
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The lease on a shop in Carcoar is now available. This shop is in The Terraces, a block of four shops and four apartments built in 1876 and restored authentically over a period of eight years by the current owner. The building is featured on tourism billboards in the district. The shops were used in the recent TV mini-series about Peter Allen. The dimensions are about 5m x 7.3m. With such low rent, this would suit someone who wanted to retire to the area or run an on-line business through the NBN. Retail lease required. Please contact by email or ring the Sydney number provided.
To discuss the property, phone James on 6367 3142 or
Expressions of Interest
Carcoar is 12 minutes from excellent everyday shopping in Blayney and 40 minutes from CBD shopping in Orange, Bathurst and Cowra. It attracts day-trippers from neighbouring towns / cities and is popular with tourists travelling between Brisbane and Melbourne. It is the third oldest town west of the Blue Mountains and was once the third biggest. It was in the final six towns considered for the site of Australia's capital. Today, it is a quiet and safe place to live, great for children.The building consists of four shops and four large terrace houses. It stands on a 2500 sq.m. block in the middle of town. The owners currently run a crafts and collectables business from the shops and lease out three of the houses. Total rent could be around $1000 per week, making the building worth $1 million for a 5% return, though the owners will negotiate sensibly.In addition to the building, the business may be purchased, along with shop fittings and service hardware.
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At one time the pews inside St. James Presbyterian Church at Carcoar were filled every Sunday but that was many years ago. Now the building sits idle, paint flaking from the walls and the air is filled with damp instead of prayer. It was reported in the Blayney Chronicle that the Presbyterian congregation could no longer afford the costs involved in maintaining a building which it no longer uses. In the face of declining church attendance in smaller rural areas Reverend McKean said that the Blayney congregation was now faced with the difficult decision to either sell or lease the building for an alternative use.
St. James holds an important place in Carcoar's colonial history through its association with the charismatic Reverend James Adam ('The Apostle of the Saddle'). The foundation stone of St. James was laid by the Reverend James B. Laughton in May 1860 and the first service was held in the completed church in 1861. In February 1862 the building was described in the Bathurst Free Press as being “neat and commodious, and the various parts are completed in a very satisfactory manner. It has been built to allow a gallery to be put in when required. The inside of the building is 36 by 20 feet. It has a porch at one end and a vestry at the other. The windows were executed by Mr Hansard and look very handsome; the two in the front are of Powell's patent glass, the others are of coloured and white glass. Two kerosene lanterns, suspended from the roof, give light during evening service, besides their utility they form very fine ornaments. The seats and pulpit are of cedar. The pulpit has been neatly ornamented with crimson velvet tassells and fringe....The expense has been greatly increased in consequence of the structure being upon the side of a hill.”
With the exception of the windows which have been replaced with amber coloured glass the building is remarkably intact and still retains the original furnishings. It would be unfortunate if the sale or lease of the building led to it being stripped of its furniture and artefacts as it could be argued that these items have far more value historically within the context of the building, not to mention their social importance to the local community whose forebears raised the funds to build and furnish the church. Given the heritage guidelines which prevent any changes that would alter the exterior of the building the option to lease the building to a community/church/museum group whose responsibility would be to maintain the building seems the most appropriate. The church is already showing signs of disrepair with work needed to repair exterior brickwork and timber. Rev McKean would welcome discussions with any groups that may have an interest in helping preserve the building. Contact Reverend McKean on 6362 6304
Heritage Near Me
We are pleased to advise the opening of applications for two of the Heritage Near Me grant streams, which will see nearly $5 million available in the next financial year for local heritage projects.
The Local Heritage Strategic Projects program grants are being offered for the first time, while the Heritage Activation Grant Program has opened round 2.
The new Local Heritage Strategic Projects program will provide $2 million in funding each year over three years, to provide new opportunities for local communities to collaborate on projects that conserve and rejuvenate their local heritage places. They will drive reform in how we protect, share and celebrate our heritage spaces with initiatives that focus on management and activation in communities.
The Local Heritage Strategic Projects program encourages local communities to identify their own priorities under four broad categories covering conservation and restoration, raising community awareness, innovation in heritage management, and broaden understanding of heritage values.
Successful applicants of Local Heritage Strategic Projects will also be provided with specialist support and advice from initial project planning, through to delivery and evaluation from the Heritage Near Me Roadshow team.
The second round of funding through the Heritage Activation Grants stream is now open with a further $2.67 million available. These grants are designed to increase public enjoyment of local heritage by supporting projects such as physical works for better public access, new and innovative public programming, and the development of strategy and business plans.
Owners or managers of heritage items that are listed on their council’s Local Environmental Plan and regularly open to the public are invited to apply for funding through the Heritage Activation Grants program.
Applications under the Local Heritage Strategic Projects are open year round subject to available funding. Applications under the Heritage Activation program are open from now until Monday 21 April.
We encourage all eligible individuals or groups to apply and please contact the Heritage Near Me team with any questions.
For more information and to apply, visit the Heritage Near Me Incentives program page on their website.
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