The Andrews Labor Government has provided vital funding for conservation works to the historic gardens at the heritage listed Buda in Castlemaine.  

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards today celebrated the end of initial conservation works for the historic site funded by the Labor Government’s Living Heritage Program.

An additional $120,000 in funding will be provided for further repairs to ensure ongoing public access to the house and garden.

A $50,000 grant from the Living Heritage program last year enabled works that included tree removal, resurfacing of historic paths, installation of a new drainage system, a 60,000-litre rainwater tank to drought-proof the garden and a fire sprinkler system.

Buda was the creation of Hungarian immigrant Ernest Leviny, a successful Hungarian jeweller who arrived in the Castlemaine region during the gold rush. The house is a single storey 1860s Italianate villa, surrounded by three acres of mature dry climate gardens. The house and garden are open to the public daily.

The Living Heritage Program supports the repair and conservation of ‘at risk’ heritage places and objects identified as being of State significance and included on the Victorian Heritage Register under the provisions of the Heritage Act 2017.

The Living Heritage Grant Program has provided $60 million to safeguard 92 historic sites since 2019 

 “We’re so proud of our Living Heritage Program, providing much needed grants to projects that address risks to historically important places all across Victoria.” 

“Buda House and Gardens are a wonderful reminder of our local Castlemaine history.”

“Conserving the gardens at Buda ensures they can be enjoyed by current and future generations.”

Posted by:Maree Edwards MP