Victoria Minister for Planning Matthew Guy
Former Church Receives $200,000 Heritage Boost
Victor P Taffa
A former Methodist church has received a $200,000 grant for restoration work, Member for Mildura Peter Crisp announced today.
Mr. Crisp said the restoration works would enable community use of the building to be expanded and would coincide with the church’s centenary celebration in April 2012.
The Wesleyan Methodist Church was constructed in 1912 to a highly unusual design by Melbourne architect G B Leith (late of Leith & Bartlett Architects).
Externally the architectural style shows striking eastern influences in its octagonal plan, domed roof, striped brickwork and minarets.
“The building is owned by MADEC, a not-for-profit community training organisation which is contributing a further $100,000 to the project.” Mr. Crisp said.
“The project will involve urgent repairs to the parapet, exterior brickwork and roof.”
Minister for Planning Matthew Guy said the grant was one of 13 community projects around Victoria being funded to preserve and protect significant heritage places and objects.
He said Victoria’s Heritage Grants supported local communities to care for and manage the state’s rich and diverse heritage, with this year’s program totalling $1.13 Million.
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.