Corangamite Shire

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Heritage funding denied

Essential improvements to the Camperdown Clocktower faces have been put on the back burner due to a lack of State Government funding.

Corangamite Shire has been advised that it has been unsuccessful with a $110,000 grant under the Living Heritage Grants Program towards the renewal of the clocktower faces.

Mayor Jo Beard said the 30 metre high, red brick clocktower built in 1896-97 was listed on the Victorian Heritage Register as being the most distinguished free-standing clock tower in the State, unrivalled in rural Victoria for its dramatic streetscape qualities.

“It is disappointing as the Clocktower is a state significant building. Without this funding there are additional costs and obligations on the Council to ensure the vitality of the structure,” Cr Beard said.

The works proposed by Council respond to a structural assessment undertaken in 2008.

Cr Beard said the works would have mitigated the continual deterioration of the external façade, reduced potential risk to the safety of general public within the town square, and improved the aesthetic value of the clock faces complimenting extensive rendering of the tower undertaken in 2009.

“Unfortunately while the Clocktower project was well received by Heritage Victoria other projects scored more highly against the assessment criteria.

“Council has been encouraged to submit the application to round two of the program with applications closing on 1 June 2017, which we intend to do,” she said.