The Victorian Government is delivering on a commitment to protect the states unique history.

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards today opened the recently refurbished Mortuary Chapel at Bendigo Cemetery.

The gothic revival style Mortuary Chapel, built in 1873, was in a very poor condition and was closed to the public due to health and safety concerns.

Refurbishment works to repair the roof, bell fleche, and interior floor and reinstate the stormwater drainage system to move water away from the building have been completed.

The restoration works were made possible thanks to $200,000 funding from the Victorian Government’s Living Heritage Grants Program.

The works allow the multi-denominational chapel to once again become available for weddings, music recitals, receptions, and its original function as a mortuary chapel.

The $38.5 million Living Heritage Grants Program is the biggest boost to heritage assets in Victorian history, funding the repair and restoration of iconic heritage listed sites all over the state including Ned Kelly’s House at Beveridge and the Polly Woodside in Melbourne.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“We are lucky to have so many significant heritage places across the State which provide a wide range of social, cultural and economic benefits.”

“The Living Heritage Program is an investment in the both the past and future of communities and will help ensure our heritage is preserved for many generations to enjoy.”

“We need to take great care of our heritage assets – and these repairs and upgrades will ensure this treasured location will remain part of Bendigo for many decades to come.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“Heritage sites like these aren’t just bricks and mortar, they’re our very identity. The Mortuary Chapel and Bendigo Cemetery have a proud past, and these works have given the chapel a secure future.”

“Bendigo’s heritage enriches the local community and provides a sense of identity and pride.”

“Our heritage is our history and it gives us all a great sense of pride. It’s a big driver of tourism and a rare chance to educate kids about our past.”

Posted by:Maree Edwards MP