THE majestic Masonic Temple in Bourke St is the major beneficiary of a heritage grant program jointly funded by the council and state government.
The 1890, EC Manfred designed two storey building is a defining building in the streetscape. Manfred, a Freemason himself, designed the first storey but the second wasn’t added until 1929.
Now the structure will receive a fresh lick of paint with the help of a $5000 Council heritage grant. The total cost is estimated at $30,000.
Chief planner Chris Stewart had recommended $7150 in assistance but Cr Margaret O’Neill successfully argued this should be wound back to $5000.
She said some of the savings should top up a grant for a Nissen hut at the Goulburn Workers Arena. Owners wanted to restore its façade at a $3200 cost but Mr Stewart had only recommended $1600 assistance.
Councillors supported Cr O’Neill’s move to give $2500 to this project. She said a submission had been lodged for youth to use the facility for a table tennis venue.
The Nissen Hut is the last in situ reminder of the Goulburn migrant camp that operated there from 1951- 54. Taralga’s Historical Society houses its war museum in another, relocated several years ago.
The council received nine applications for heritage grants. They’re offered on the proviso the owner contributes twice as much as Council, or even more in most cases presented last Wednesday.
The applications are assessed on numerous criteria, including heritage importance, financial contribution, whether it complements a broader conservation strategy, public accessibility and financial capacity to complete the project.
In this round, $25,000 was carved up among eight projects. They also included: * 11 George St (Antrim House) – $2500 to replace guttering on the bluestone house, designed by Sts Peter and Paul’s Old Cathedral architect, Andrea Stombuco as the caretaker’s residence for Victoria Park.
* 36 Eldon St – $2500 to replace a fence on the house known as ‘Eulace’ on the corner of Eldon and Hovell St.
The brick bungalow was built circa 1905, according to Council.
* 35 Auburn St – $2500 to help paint the former Church of the Good Shepherd, now converted into a residence. EC Manfred designed the building in 1911 and constructed of weatherboard. Total project cost – $5000.
* 727 Taralga Rd – $2500 to replace guttering and some windows on the former Edinburgh Castle Inn. The hotel was established by Farquhar Ross in 1861. It is now used as a private residence.
* 272 Bourke St – $2500 to paint a brick cottage built circa 1910. Total cost – $6600.
* 2 Belmore St – $2500 to paint a large Federation style home. Total cost – $7500.