Victoria Minister for Planning Matthew Guy
Town Hall Receives $94,000 Heritage Boost
Victor P Taffa
Warracknabeal Town Hall has received a $94,000 heritage grant, Planning Minister Matthew Guy announced today.
Visiting the hall along with Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay to inspect the planned works, Mr. Guy said the urgent works would ensure the conservation of an important civic building and enable increased community use of the building.
Mr. Guy said the Warracknabeal Town Hall, including the Regent Theatre, was built in a highly distinctive Moderne style in 1939-40 to designs by Melbourne architects Seabrook and Fildes.
“The asymmetrically composed building with clock tower, is of cream brick with steel-framed windows, contrasting dark tiles and concrete lettering. A Committee of Management was appointed in 1998 and it has since been used for community purposes on a reasonably regular basis.” Mr. Guy said.
Mr. Guy said the project involved rewiring the building, re-glazing the dominant front windows in the council chamber and painting the council chamber interior.
Mr. Ramsay said a shire grant had enabled roof replacement and other works were also being undertaken with insurance money received due to flood damage.
“Visiting the Town Hall today, it is easy to see why the preservation of this building appeals to those who live in the area. I look forward to seeing the further community use of this building in the way it was intended for at its establishment more than 70 years ago.” Mr. Ramsay said.
Member for Swan Hill Peter Walsh said the Warracknabeal Town Hall was important to local residents and an icon of the town’s history.
“I can’t express how pleased I am to see this much appreciated and characteristic building receiving much needed works to ensure its preservation for future community activities and appreciation.” Mr. Walsh said.
Mr. Guy said the grant was one of 13 community projects around Victoria being funded to preserve and protect significant heritage places and objects.
“Victoria’s Heritage Grants support local communities to care for and manage the state’s rich and diverse heritage, with this year’s program totalling $1.13 Million.” Mr. Guy said.
Mr. Guy said the grants recognised and supported the enthusiasm and commitment of many dedicated volunteer organisations which worked to preserve and safeguard our shared history.
Victoria’s Heritage Grants support the repair and restoration of publicly accessible and important heritage places and objects managed by local government and community not-for profit organisations and are provided for places in the Victorian Heritage Register or included in a Heritage Overlay. Funding for heritage place grants totalling $500,000 was provided by the Victorian Property Fund.