The historic Windy Station Woolshed in northern NSW will be converted into a multifunctional event space after winning the first ever NSW Government Heritage PitchFest in Sydney.
Built in 1901, the Woolshed was awarded $1 million in matched funding, which will be used to transform the State Heritage Listed site into an event venue.
“Our first ever Heritage PitchFest was a fantastic opportunity for the public to contribute in a meaningful way to our State’s rich heritage,” said Heritage NSW executive director Sam Kidman.
“Heritage NSW received an overwhelmingly positive response to our first Heritage NSW PitchFest from applicants and the general public, who are excited about engaging with heritage in NSW and having their say on the projects that will have a direct benefit to the community.
“The $1 million in matched funding from the Heritage PitchFest, is part of the larger $5 million 2023-2025 NSW Government’s Heritage Grants program, announced in September.”
Part of the pitching team, Windy Station manager agritourism Clare Lee said she hoped it would encourage others who might like to re-activate their empty spaces.
“With this funding, we’re hoping to create a vibrant conferencing and educational facility, a space for creative production that takes advantage of the spectacular use of light and texture within the woolshed, and a wedding and social venue that celebrates our rich history and exciting future,” she said.