Restoration of the Rochester Common School building is a step closer after the Rochester Planning Group allocated $15,000 to the Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society.ELAINE COONEY July 1, 2014 3:10am
Friends of the Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society Lesley Smith and Diane Jacobs and member Jennifer Leddra. Photo: Elaine Cooney
Campaspe Shire approved a $15,000 grant from the Rochester Planning Group for the Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society last week.
The money will go towards seed funding for a Regional Development Victoria grant to restore the Rochester Common School building.
The estimated cost of the works is $81,000.
Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society secretary John Foster said a further $2300 was received as part of Campaspe Shire council’s community grants.
He said the society would need to come up with a further $1700 to have enough seed funding.
Mr Foster said the group was confident it would receive the grant because Regional Development Victoria invited the group to submit an expression of interest.
He said another condition of the grant was to supply $5000 worth of volunteer hours to the project which was possible.
Campaspe Shire’s heritage advisor deemed an upgrade to the school’s roof and stormwater system, replacing eaves and repointing of brickwork were essential.
The society officially became the guardian of the buildings on behalf of the Rochester community last week.
Cr Leigh Wilson said he was pleased to see the group take ownership of the building and that it was dedicated to preserving its history.
‘‘They are a dedicated bunch and I am sure they will go from strength to strength,’’ he said.
Brownlow medallist Kevin Murray, who enjoyed a decorated career with Fitzroy Lions, is putting his medals from his playing days on display to help raise funds for Arcadia Country Fire Authority.
The Australian Cricket Association has made the decision to postpone the Masters events scheduled for Yarrawonga this weekend in light of the serious injury to Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes.
Last week Victorian Collections passed a major milestone, with the 50000th historical object record from the state’s heritage collections uploaded to the site.
On Saturday voters will head to the polls to decide what shape the new Victorian Government will take. The Riv asked each of our six candidates to provide 300 words on what their number one issue is for the seat of Murray Plains.
Rochester Elmore District Health Service’s board of management chair Tim Fulton has presented Gayle McConnell and Heather Oliver with long service awards.
Local recovering after workplace injury
Here's a fundraising idea that's hard to beat.
No luck for Finley in Murray Valley cricket.
The falling water level at Lake Eppalock is causing concern, dropping at an alarming rate according to residents.
Moira Shire's best take on former Australian greats for local masters exhibition match.
Deniliquin business Charlie Carp attracts international interest.
A spring Future Orchards walks will be held at Coomboona on Friday November 28 from 9.30am.
Dr John Alexander is 101-yrs-old and has many fond memories of working with the Benalla migrant camp residents from its opening in 1949.
- No Myna Matter - Benalla man rewarded for disposing of more than 300 common myna birds.
- Charges laid over Benalla Golf and Bowls Clubs thefts.
- Benalla annual sheep sale bouyed by good season.
- How-to-vote cards tampered with.
- Yooralla CEO resigns after investigation of sexual abuse of disabled clients by Yooralla workers.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.