Loco Shed Echuca members are happy to hear consultants have been appointed to create a conservation management plan for the Echuca loco shed.REBECCA KERR July 21, 2014 3:47am
Ged Brandrick, John Webb, Peter Mitchell, Dick Phillips; (front) Lorraine Huddle, Anne Howard and Andrew Ward.
Campaspe Shire and Loco Shed Echuca met with Heritage Intelligence consultants on Friday to start work on a conservation management plan for the Echuca loco shed.
Campaspe Shire has $30,000 to develop the plan, which will take about three months and assess the site, heritage value of the building and work required to conserve the building.
Loco Shed Echuca president Dick Phillips said appointing consultants had been a lengthy process but he was confident with the decision to appoint Lorraine Huddle as lead consultant, along with architectural historian Andrew Ward and architect Gerard Brandrick.
Their work developing a plan will be the first step of many to bring life back to the old shed.
‘‘Whilst we have waited a long time and progress sometimes has seemed slow, the conservation management plan is the next step to provide a pathway for the development of the building into a permanent living asset for our community,’’ Mr Phillips said.
Ms Huddle said the site had huge potential and the team hoped to make the building functional for modern use without diminishing its heritage value.
‘‘This is a magnificent space for new development, we will look at flexible use,’’ she said.
‘‘Because it is a big space it has a lot of potential.
‘‘Apart from its extraordinary railway history, architecturally it’s a very beautiful building, and is actually in pretty good nick, and to build that today would cost an enormous amount of money so it’s a great asset that’s just sitting there waiting.’’
Mr Ward said the plan would look at the historical significance of the building and how it tied in to the area.
‘‘(There’s) nothing like it in Australia from the mid-Victorian period that compares with it,’’ he said.
‘‘Echuca’s preoccupation with the wharf and river is wonderful but it needs to be balanced by an appreciation of the importance of the railway and its history and that’s also what this study is looking at.’’
The red gum timber and artefacts in the shed will go up for auction on July 27.
Goulburn Valley has mostly selected skips in its bid to reclaim the Norm Knopp Shield tomorrow.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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