Grant to conserve St Mary’s Church

The Catholic Parish of St Mary will receive a $150,000 State Government grant to carry out conservation work at St Mary’s Catholic Church, presbytery, convent and hall in Mudgee. 

Member for Orange, Andrew Gee, said the grant would be made through the NSW Government Heritage Grants program. 

“St Mary’s is a detailed stone residence; one of the earliest Roman Catholic Buildings in the Mudgee parish,” Mr Gee said. 

“Father Callaghan McCarthy established the Mudgee Parish in 1851 and at his own expense erected a small stone presbytery which forms part of the present building. 

“Around 1870, the new parish priest, the Rev John O’Donovan substantially added to the building giving it its present form. The building remains in good condition.” 

The grant is one of 40 to be  awarded to heritage project, totalling more $2 million. 

Heritage Minister Robyn parker said the grants would lead to tourism and employment opportunities, particularly in rural and regional communities. 

“The grants will enable communities to take a hands-on approach to conserving historic places as an investment for future generations,” she said.

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