Revitalising historic town halls in regional Victoria08/07/2021
Clunes and Creswick Town Halls are being revitalised thanks to investment from the Victorian Government, enabling the much-loved buildings to become historic centerpieces of their local communities.
Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas today cut the ribbon on the newly refurbished Clunes Town Hall building which has been given a face-lift with a $317,000 grant from the Government.
Built in 1873 on the back of the Victorian Gold Rush, the building hosts a range of community events including the town’s annual book festival, Booktown, as well as community dinners, concerts, exhibitions and school socials.
The project has included remedial works identified in a recent heritage study, including brick and masonry repairs to the exterior and interior of the building, as well as extensive carpentry and joinery works.
The Government is also investing $500,000 under its recently announced Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round to enable the Hepburn Shire to undertake improvements to the 145-year old Creswick Town Hall.
The Creswick Town Hall has stayed an active part of the community since it was opened in 1876 and holds many memories for older members of the community who remember it as a picture theatre prior to 1970.
The package of works will include roof plumbing, electrical work, painting and fixing some structural cracking to restore a highly valued community asset.
Clunes Town Hall recently reopened to the public while works are expected to begin shortly on Creswick Town Hall. The restorations of both historic buildings will support tourism and help the region bounce back from the pandemic.
The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, helping businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, supporting community projects and backing councils to build the infrastructure that locals and visitors need.
The stimulus round will boost local economies as they recover from the effects of the pandemic and create jobs while improving tourism and community infrastructure.