The Campaspe Shire Council has received a $78,000 heritage grant to restore its Red Gum Memorial Archway in Echuca, sharing in more than $1.8 million worth of new grants to preserve and protect heritage across the State, the Member for Northern Victoria Region, Candy Broad announced in Echuca today.
“The Red Gum Memorial Archway will undergo structural works and repairs, including foundation construction, replacement of damaged timbers and reinstatement of original features,” Ms Broad said.
It was originally erected in High Street, Echuca, opposite the Mechanics Institute in September 1884, for the visit of the Colonial Governor, Sir Henry Brougham Loch. It was manufactured by James Mackintosh's Echuca and Moama Redgum Sawmill Company, which also paid for the arch. Shortly after the Governor's visit, it was relocated to its present position at the entrance to Victoria Park.
The Red Gum Memorial Archway is the only known surviving example in Victoria of a 19th century memorial which as originally constructed as a temporary processional or ceremonial arch but which was subsequently transformed into a permanent structure. It symbolises the importance of the local Red Gum industry in Echuca. The structure requires urgent works to make it safe.
The Campaspe Shire Council is contributing $110,000 to the project, and has appointed appropriate heritage professionals to carry out responsible heritage asset management,” Ms Broad said.
Planning Minister, Justin Madden said the grant to restore the Red Gum Memorial Archway was one of 70 grants totalling more than $1.8 million grants to preserve heritage across Victoria.
“Today’s grants include funding for 15 large scale community projects around Victoria to repair and interpret significant heritage places and objects,” Mr Madden said.
“Projects range from restoration works to libraries and town halls to the development of an i-phone app so people can identify trees across the State on the National Trust’s Significant Tree Register.
“There are also five heritage studies which are being funded and 50 councils across Victoria have received grants for their heritage advisory services.”
Victoria’s heritage grants support the repair and interpretation of publicly accessible and important heritage places and objects managed by local government and community not-for-profit organisations. The grants program also assists local councils across the State identify and manage heritage at a local level through the funding of studies and advisory service grants.
“The Brumby Labor Government’s heritage grants empower local communities to manage and interpret Victoria’s diverse heritage,” Mr Madden said.
“The successful projects reflect the complexity and richness of the State’s heritage. These people and organisations are today receiving recognition and support for their passionate commitment to our shared history.”
The grants are provided for places in the Victorian Heritage Register or included in a Heritage Overlay.
Ms Broad said the heritage study and advisory service grants were a critical step towards preserving historically important places across Victoria.
“Councils play a vital role in the protection of heritage sites and it is important they are supported in this work,” Ms Broad said.