Poonindie Mission granted funding to undergo restoration work

A piece of history will be retained for future generations at the Poonindie Mission thanks to the state government's SA Heritage Grants Program funding restoration works at the site.

The mission ran from 1851 to 1894 and was used as a school for young Aborigines before it became a Christian community until the 1910s.

The former schoolhouse has been allocated $1000 to undergo stabilisation works to strengthen the building's foundation and a further $3000 will go towards re-roofing the superintendent's residence after it was lost in the 2005 fire.

St Matthew's Church warden Josie Hage said the last restoration work at the site was conducted about 14 years ago.

She said the restoration work should begin soon with the help of a local builder, for expertise in heritage approval, and volunteers.

"We want to preserve the ruins... people often come out here to take photos with them and we want them to be around for years to come," Ms Hage said.

"The work will stop the schoolhouse from falling down, to preserve it and strengthen up the front and windows."

She said the work would hopefully be finished by about September in time for a Spring family picnic and market day to commemorate and celebrate the descendants of the site and region.

Under the first round of the program 27 heritage sites will receive a share of $250,000 to rejuvenate, protect and preserve the historic sites.

Environment and Water Minister David Speirs said the successful sites were chosen by a panel of heritage architects and experts.

"Through this program we will be helping to conserve a significant number of South Australian heritage places and areas," he said.

"It's also been really encouraging to see that there is huge interest in renovating and preserving our heritage, with nearly 70 applications received for funding in this first grant round."

Applications for round two of the grant program will close in July, visit environment.sa.gov.au/topics/heritage/heritage-grants to apply.

For inquiries on hosting a stall at the family markets, contact Ms Hage on 0428 994 772 or email josiehage@gmail.com.