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PROTECTING BENDIGO’S BUILDINGS

Monday, 20 March 2017

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to repair two iconic Bendigo buildings.

State Members Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards announced two grants today for extensive conversion works at the mortuary chapel at Bendigo Cemetery and urgent works at Bendigo Trades Hall.

The repairs are possible thanks to the Labor Government’s Living Heritage Grants Program.

The mortuary chapel at Bendigo Cemetery will receive $200,000 for interior and exterior works, which will allow the multi-denominational chapel to be reopened for weddings, music recitals, receptions and its original function as a mortuary chapel.

The simple, well-proportioned symmetrical building has an air of pleasant rustic charm, with rustic buttresses and a slate roof with a central timber open bell tower.

Bendigo Trades Hall will receive a $25,000 grant for urgent works. Dating back to 1896, it is one of the only surviving purpose-built trades halls in Victoria. It is now accessed by more than 50 community groups each year for a wide range of activities and events.

The projects in Bendigo are two of 20 projects at Heritage sites across Victoria receiving funding under the Living Heritage Grants Program.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“We’re taking action to ensure the future of these iconic sites”.

“This work will protect these sites from further deterioration for years to come.”

 Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“Our heritage means so much to so many locals – it’s a reminder of our significant history and contributes to our sense of identity.”

 

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