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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

HISTORIC MALDON GOODS SHED TO BE RESTORED TO ITS FORMER GLORY

The historic Maldon Station goods shed will be restored to its former glory and become part of the day to day life of the local community once again.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, announced today that tenders are now open for the restoration of the heritage-listed building, which dates back to the 1880’s.

As part of the works, the goods shed and external platform will be restumped, and the floors, wall and roof will be repaired or replaced.

A new heritage galvanised roof will also be installed, along with roof plumbing as detailed in drawings of the original building.

These works are expected to be completed by mid-2016, after which the refurbished building will be provided for use by local businesses and community groups.

The restoration of the goods shed follows the recent $30,000 upgrade to the Goldfields Railway line, which included the replacement of 1,000 sleepers and more than two kilometres of track.

This project will be delivered by State rail asset owner VicTrack, as part of their program of investment to preserve and protect significant buildings across Victoria’s rail network.

Tenders for the works on the Maldon Station goods shed close on 3 February 2016. Documents can be downloaded from VicTrack’s e-Tender website at: www.tenderlink.com/victrack

“The historic goods shed is a part of rich rail history of the Maldon area and, thanks to this project, will be an active part of its future too.”

“The works will fix the walls and floors, replace the roof and return the 130 year old goods shed to its former glory once again.”

“The project follows the recent $30,000 upgrade to the Goldfields Tourist Railway, which included the replacement of 1,000 sleepers and more than two kilometres of track.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is investing in the public transport projects and services our network needs for the future, while preserving and celebrating Victoria’s rich rail heritage.”

More information about the Victorian Goldfields Tourist Railway is available at www.vgr.com.au.

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