Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society has signed the legal papers to take ownership of its operating premises.ELAINE COONEY May 6, 2014 3:10am
Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society signed the legal papers to become the new owner of the museum building and two outbuildings on Friday.
The buildings had been held in trust by Campaspe Shire and now the society is an incorporated body, it took over the ownership.
The move was spawned from Campaspe Shire’s Asset Renewal Funding Strategy which aims to remove council assets in order to save money and lower rates.
The changeover came at a $2000 cost to the society for legal fees.
Campaspe Shire councillor Leigh Wilson said the Rochester ward fund would pay the bill.
President Lorraine Haines said she believed the society achieved the best deal it could with council.
Campaspe Shire agreed to give the society an annual grant of $2200 to help with their estimated costs of $3400 which will be reviewed in three years.
Secretary John Foster said the society hoped to become self-sustaining and was arranging bus tours to visit which would pay $8 a person for afternoon tea.
Campaspe Shire’s service review manager Keith Oberin said the society was up to the challenge of managing itself and could learn from the historical societies in Echuca and Kyabram.
He said now the buildings were signed over, the society would no longer need to put requests through to Campaspe Shire before applying for grants or carrying out works.
Mrs Haines said the society needed to carry out $75,983 of restoration work.
She said the Rochester Planning Group allocated $15,000 in seeding funding to obtain a grant from Regional Development Victoria.
Mrs Haines said RDV representatives had visited twice and were supportive.
The society is calling on the community to help it reach its self-sustainability goal.
‘‘We are only the caretakers of the history of Rochester and we need full support,’’ Mr Foster said.
He said the buildings belonged to the Rochester community and residents were welcome to join.
‘‘You don’t need to be a member. You can be a friend,’’ he said.
He said friends paid an annual $10 fee and received free access to the museum and a newsletter.
Vice-president Doug Watson said many Rochester residents were willing to help out.
He said a working bee was held every Wednesday and Friday morning at the museum and everyone was welcome.
Even though the papers were signed on Friday, the official changing of hands will be in two months time.
Victorian RSL President David McLachlan has his copy of Our Anzacs and he’s urged the community to buy a copy to support Legacy.
Yarrawonga’s Bre Elliott played the most “consistent golf of her life” over three days to win the Fuccillo Kia Championship at Capital Hills by carding a 2-under 69 on the final day.
Heather Donaldson was re-elected president of Tatura Hospital Ladies Auxiliary at the annual general meeting on Thursday, which was attended by 33 people.
A SERIES of classes helping people find information on their ancestors will be held across Campaspe Shire this month.
FOOTBALL star Jake Edwards presented Rochester Secondary College Year 7 and 8 students with life-long lessons he has experienced first-hand.
Community workshop to consider issues to help form Campaspe digital strategy
Heather Stamp brings a long experience of the Salvation Army to Seymour.
Berrigan Shire Council have approved a development application for six more independent living units to add to Berrigan’s Amaroo Self Care Unit block.
THEY may be a familiar sight across the Heathcote district, but some of the much-loved birds in the region are in decline.
Cobram District Health will farewell two of its dedicated board members with the resignations of president Jennie Gould and treasurer Rod McLeod.
Deniliquin and district boasted two major winners at the Australian Sheep and Wool Expo at Bendigo from July 17 to 19.
Farmers from northern Victoria and the southern Riverina gathered at Yarrawonga and Dookie last week to hear how a stubble management trial was progressing.
The News magazines are online - read the high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
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.