The Andrews Labor Government is restoring two of Castlemaine’s much loved heritage assets, the Theatre Royal and Buda House and Garden.

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards today announced $125,000 in grants from the Labor Government’s Living Heritage Program, which gives communities like Castlemaine the resources we need to protect our treasured heritage.

Grants include:

  • $50,000 for Buda House and Garden to replace irrigation system, resurfacing of historic paths and tree works.
  • $75,000 for the Castlemaine Theatre Royal to undertake repairs to façade and floors.

Our heritage is our history – it enriches our experiences, reflects the community’s sense of cultural identity, sense of place and creates a great sense of pride.

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 venues all over the state.

This includes the highly intact nineteenth century Omeo Justice Precinct, the World War 1 searchlight emplacement at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse and Mortuary Chapel at Bendigo Cemetery – one of the few examples of gothic architecture in Australia.

Applications for the next round of the Contested Grants stream of the Living Heritage Program will open early 2019.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards

“Buda House and Garden will benefit from this much needed funding and it will help to preserve this historic icon for future generations.”

 “The work on the façade of the Theatre Royal will be a great improvement to Castlemaine’s Iconic streetscape to our much loved theatre.”

“These repairs and upgrades will ensure these treasured icons will remain part of Castlemaine’s identity for many decades to come.”

“Castlemaine is renowned for its heritage buildings and landscape. We want to make sure it’s protected and maintained.”



Posted by:Maree Edwards MP