Tenders have opened for restoration works on the heritage listed Patchewollock Station building and Woomelang Station building in Northern Victoria, which are set to be transformed into new spaces for locals and visitors to enjoy.
Works to restore both buildings will be carried out through the Andrews Labor Government’s Community Use of Vacant Rail Buildings Program, which involves refurbishing vacant station buildings across the state so they can re-open and be used by local communities.
Works on both projects will get underway late this year with improvements to the Patchewollock Station building including carrying out structural repairs and refurbishment, as well as installing a kitchenette and accessible toilet so the building can be used for community events and meetings.
The works on the Woomelang Station building will include carrying out structural repairs and refurbishment, as well as installing a kitchenette and accessible toilet so the building can be used for community events and meetings.
Once the works are complete, Yarriambiack Shire Council will be the head tenant at Patchewollock Station and the building will be managed by Patchewollock Progress Association as an arts, cultural and visitor information centre.
The Woomelang and District Historical Society will be the head tenant at the upgraded Woomelang Station and will manage the building as a Mallee Makers Gallery.
These projects will be delivered in conjunction with an expert heritage architect, to ensure the restorations are sympathetic to the historic values of the buildings.
The Government’s Community Use of Vacant Rail Buildings Program is delivered by VicTrack and restores disused historic railway buildings and opens them up to the local community to share and enjoy.
Previously 21 buildings in regional areas were restored through the program, and now 10 more buildings are being brought back to their former glory during 2021 and 2022 through a $9 million package of works.
Local contractors interested in carrying out the works are encouraged to apply, and should visit the Buying for Victoria website tenders.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp
“The restoration of the Patchewollock Station building and goods shed will give locals a place to meet and hold events. Visitors to the area will also be able to go there to find out about the great things the region has to offer.”
“The Woomelang Station building has been vacant for many years and these works will make it a local landmark and give visitors to Woomelang a place to experience the creativity of the Mallee region.”
“Our infrastructure programs are more important than ever before, as our economy recovers from the global pandemic – so I encourage local contractors to apply to carry out these works.”