The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to protect and restore one of Camperdown’s most cherished heritage assets.
Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today announced a $200,000 grant to support the conservation of the Camperdown Clock Tower, protecting the treasured site for generations to come.
Constructed in 1896-97 to the designs of local architect Michael McCabe, the Camperdown Clock Tower is the most distinguished free-standing clock tower in the State and a rare example of the Late Victorian Early Medieval Revival style.
The Clock Tower is prominently located in Camperdown’s heart, within one of Australia’s most outstanding avenues of elms, and is unrivalled in rural Victoria for its dramatic streetscape qualities.
The grant is part of the Labor Government’s $36.5 million Living Heritage Program. It is the single biggest boost to heritage assets in Victorian history.
The Living Heritage Grants Program supports the repair and conservation of ‘at risk’ heritage places and objects included in the Victorian Heritage Register.
The program provides opportunities for community and not-for-profit organisations, committees of management and local councils to obtain funding for heritage works.
More than 1.9 million people visited Victoria’s heritage buildings, sites or monuments last year – and more than half were international visitors.
Applications for the next round of Living Heritage Program grants will open in February.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney MP
“The Camperdown Clock Tower is one of our community’s most cherished assets. It’s a tribute to our significant history and gives us all a great sense of pride.”
“We invest in our heritage because we want it to remain intact for generations to come. That’s exactly what these works will ensure.”
“Heritage sites are a big boost to tourism – and more visitors mean more opportunities for hard-working Camperdown businesses.”
“The Living Heritage grants are an investment in both the past and future and I look forward to seeing the historic Camperdown Clock Tower preserved for generations to enjoy.”