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How often do you walk down the street looking at the footpath or just ahead without fully appreciating what else is around you?

This project aims to change that focus and encourage you to "Look UP".

Have you ever noticed the stunning stained glass highlight windows just under the awnings of many of the art deco buildings in the main street?

Can you recognise some of the iconic architectural elements in the buildings such as the curved glass shop front windows of the former Mallam House Building or the organic food store in Wollumbin Street?

Do you know that approximately 17 building groups have original pressed metal awnings, which range from simple designs through to exemplary art deco examples and patterns?

Have a look at the Vinnies pressed metal under awnings, or those around the Austral and Marville Buildings.

Austral Building Art Deco Shopfront Entry
Austral Building Art Deco Shopfront Entry

What is the Project about?

In 2015 Tweed Shire Council established a small grant fund to assist owners of the Murwillumbah Main Street commercial and Heritage Conservation Area to improve the presentation of their buildings.

With this assistance Council aims to improve and invigorate the overall presentation of the commercial precinct, whilst acknowledging and conserving the significance of the heritage conservation area.

There is an added benefit to the project, which comes through a learning process. While there may be many aspects to this, the key focus for Council is to work with heritage and building industry professionals to bring information and knowledge to property owners and to assist property owners with best practice minor conservation works, such as, cleaning, painting and maintenance.

The project was so successful in the 2015-16 inaugural year that it is being run again in 2016-17.

Grants will be awarded based on meeting the criteria, the significance of the building and works and an appropriate conservation approach. Grants will be offered on a dollar for dollar basis up to the maximum amount approved. The amount and number of grants awarded will be based on the scale and number of applications received.

When do applications close?

Applications for this project are now open. Applications are to be submitted with the Look Up Application Form (80kB PDF) and are to be received by close of business Wednesday 30 November 2016.

Where can I get further information?

The Applicant Guidelines (390kB PDF) provides further information on the critical timeframes and assessment requirements for the program.

Assistance may be provided through the Strategic Planning and Urban Design Unit on 6670 2503.

The Tweed Regional Museum provides a number of history walking tours of Murwillumbah, including "Wonderful Wunderlich Murwillumbah", which provides a history of the pressed metal awnings in Murwillumbah through a short walking tour. This may be found under Hidden Histories Walking Tours.

Last Updated: 26 October 2016