The Victorian Government continues to protect the state’s heritage with one of Bendigo’s oldest buildings, the Queen Elizabeth Oval Cottage, reopening today following restoration and conservation works.
Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards, representing Minister for Planning Richard Wynne declared the cottage open following the works which were made possible by a $200,000 grant from the Victorian Government’s Living Heritage Program.
Built in 1858, the Queen Elizabeth Oval Cottage is of historic and architectural significance for its association with the Government Camp in Bendigo, one of the largest government camps in the Victorian goldfields. The camp transformed the valley into a jumble of shallow shafts, mullock heaps and puddling mills. The historic area is now known as Rosalind Park.
The 160-year old cottage is currently being used as cricket club rooms with potential community uses to be expanded under the new master plan for Rosalind Park. The restoration works include roof repairs, structural stabilisation, removal of concrete slabs and external site works.
The Living Heritage Program is the largest ever State Government investment in the conservation of Victoria’s significant heritage places and objects. The program launched in 2016 and through the 2019-20 State Budget has been extended to 2023.
The Living Heritage Program now comprises total funding of $60 million and the 2019-20 funding boost will provide an additional $9 million over four years for competitive community heritage grants, targeting ‘at risk’ places and objects included in the Victorian Heritage Register.
“This cottage is one of Bendigo’s oldest buildings and to be able to preserve it so communities can continue to enjoy it is exactly why our government continues to invest in our heritage”
“Public investment through the Living Heritage Program gives new leases of life to heritage buildings such as this cottage and ensures the historical significance is retained”
“This cottage is of tremendous importance to the Bendigo community and it is a wonderful reminder of how important the preservation of heritage is in cities like ours.”