The Camperdown Grandstand Restoration Committee Inc. has received a 220,000 heritage grant, sharing in more than $1.8 million worth of new grants to preserve and protect heritage across the State, the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP announced today.
Ms Tierney said the grant will be to remove the existing leaking roof and provide a new roof, including bracing, gutters and downpipes.
“The Camperdown Turf Club Grandstand is one of the largest racecourse grandstands in Victoria.
It was built in 1902-3 to the design of notable local architect Michael McCabe and is of historical and social significance for its association with horse racing in Victoria,” Ms Tierney said.
The Camperdown Grandstand Restoration Committee was established to help restore the grandstand for the whole community.
“While the project has received funding through heritage programs for structural repairs, the replacement of the rusted and leaking roof is essential to protect the structural repair works successfully undertaken to date,” Ms Tierney said.
Victoria’s heritage grants support the repair and interpretation of publicly accessible and important heritage places and objects managed by local government and community not-for-profit organisations. The grants program also assists local councils across the State identify and manage heritage at a local level through the funding of studies and advisory service grants.
“The Brumby Labor Government’s heritage grants empower local communities to manage and interpret Victoria’s diverse heritage,” Ms Tierney said.
“The successful projects reflect the complexity and richness of the State’s heritage. These people and organisations are today receiving recognition and support for their passionate commitment to our shared history.”
The grants are provided for places in the Victorian Heritage Register or included in a Heritage Overlay.
Ms Tierney said the heritage study and advisory service grants were a critical step towards preserving historically important places across Victoria.
“Councils play a vital role in the protection of heritage sites and it is important they are supported in this work,” said Ms Tierney.