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Cathedral repairs funded

Chris Gulaptis is pictured inside the Cathedral with L-R: Administrator of Grafton Anglican Parish, Roger Millard & Honorary Assistant Priest, Reverend Camellia Flanagan. Image: Contributed.
Funding has been provided under the NSW Government’s Heritage Grants Program to help with conservation works at Grafton’s historic Christ Church Cathedral, Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis has announced. Mr Gulaptis said the Anglican Parish of Grafton has been successful in its application under the program to the tune of $45,150 to assist with conservation works to redress water damage and rising damp which is compromising the integrity of the cathedral building. “Built in 1884, the Cathedral is an iconic landmark in Grafton frequented not only by parishioners but tourists being one of the city’s many buildings classified by the National Trust,” Mr Gulaptis said. “Looking after our heritage is everyone’s responsibility and I’m pleased the NSW Government is providing funding support for these important conservation works.” Administrator of the Grafton Anglican Parish, Roger Millard said the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral and Council were thrilled to receive this grant. “It is a huge responsibility looking after such an important heritage building for a small Parish and we are extremely grateful to the NSW Government for this assistance,” Mr Millard said. “The project is just the start of many the Parish will need to undertake to conserve such a significant landmark. “We may well look to the wider community of Grafton, the Clarence Valley and indeed the region to assist in fund-raising for future projects as and when required,” he said. Other projects to receive funding under the Heritage Grants Program include: • Nymboida & Ulmarra Shires Community-based Heritage Study – $40,000 • Clarence Valley Council Local Heritage Places Grant – $14,000 • Richmond Valley Council Heritage Advisory Service – $13,000 • Richmond Valley Council Local Heritage Grants Program – $12,000