Camperdown has received two heritage grants, sharing in more than $1 million worth of new grants to protect and conserve heritage across Victoria, Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney announced today.
The Corangamite Shire Council will receive $18,000 for structural and flashing repairs to the Camperdown Clock Tower Ms Tierney said.
“The Camperdown Clock Tower is the most distinguished free-standing clock tower in the State and is unrivalled in rural Victoria for its dramatic streetscape qualities.
“A recent engineering investigation identified that the various defects in the clock tower can be attributed to water penetration problems.
“This funding will enable flashing and structural repairs that will significantly reduce the entry of water into the structure,” Ms Tierney said.
The Camperdown and District Historical Society will also receive $5,000 for a significance assessment of the Camperdown Museum collection.
The grant is part of the Brumby Government’s 2008-09 heritage grants program, under its four-year, $20 million strategy, Victoria’s Heritage: Strengthening our communities.
Planning Minister Justin Madden said the latest round of grants included funding for 77 community projects to conserve, manage and interpret significant heritage places, objects and collections.
“The Brumby Government’s is taking action to support the local custodians who care for Victoria’s heritage, and work very hard to share it with the wider community,’’ Mr Madden said.
“Without the dedication of these passionate people, Victoria’s heritage would be worse off, so it’s important they receive support and recognition,” he added.
Other heritage grants announced include:
• Apollo Bay: $16,000 for roof repairs to the Mechanics Institute.
• Casterton: $21,000 for a new roof for the Former Court House, now a regional community centre; and $5,000 for a significance assessment of the Casterton Historical Society collection.
• Warrnambool: $13,600 to conserve the 19th-century cannon at the Botanic Gardens; $5,500 for a significance assessment of the Mechanics Institute collection at Flagstaff Hill; and $4,000 for a significance assessment of the Uebergang Family Collection at Allansford Cheese World Museum.