His­toric build­ing opens its doors

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS - By Vivi­enne Duck

MOAMA’S Cap­tain’s Cot­tage is of­fi­cially open.

The his­toric build­ing, built in the 1870s, has been fully re­stored and will now open to the pub­lic af­ter the of­fi­cial open­ing on Fri­day.

The $100,000 project was funded by the NSW Govern­ment’s Her­itage Near Me grant as well as funds from Mur­ray River Coun­cil.

The works were car­ried out on the di­lap­i­dated build­ing to make it struc­turally sound and safe for pub­lic use, as well as re­fur­bish­ing the space so it can be used to house in­for­ma­tion on the his­tory of the lo­cal area.

Deputy mayor Gen Camp­bell said Cap­tain’s Cot­tage is a rare sur­vivor of the orig­i­nal gazetted town of Old Moama.

‘‘The prime sig­nif­i­cance of the cot­tage is its his­tory of past river trade and in­land mar­itime ac­tiv­ity,’’ she said.

‘‘Its lo­ca­tion is on a sec­tion of the Mur­ray River known as the Cap­tain’s Reach where some of the river boats moored.

‘‘The cot­tage is an in­ter­est­ing ex­am­ple of Vic­to­rian ar­chi­tec­ture that records in its phys­i­cal fab­ric ev­i­dence over time and its sur­vival of many flood events.’’

In 2013 the coun­cil part­nered with the Moama Lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal Land Coun­cil to ob­tain a Fed­eral Govern­ment grant to com­mis­sion a con­ser­va­tion man­age­ment plan to guide the fu­ture of the build­ing.

This plan was com­pleted in 2014.

In the same year the coun­cil re­sponded to re­quests from the Friends of Old Moama and the wider com­mu­nity and pur­chased the build­ing.

‘‘Works un­der­taken in­clude de­mo­li­tion works, foot­ings, struc­tural re­pairs, ma­sonry work, roof and ve­randa re­pairs, re­lo­ca­tion and re­con­struc­tion of doors, re­pair­ing of win­dows and stormwa­ter works,’’ Cr Camp­bell said.

‘‘The project also in­cluded paint­ing, tree prun­ing, in­stal­la­tion of a new fence, sig­nage and the de­vel­op­ment of a pro­mo­tional brochure.

‘‘The key ob­jec­tives of the project were to pre­vent fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the build­ing, make it struc­turally sound and safe for pub­lic ac­cess, open the build­ing to the pub­lic on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and fur­ther pro­mote the his­tory and her­itage.’’

FULLY RE­STORED: Mur­ray River Coun­cil deputy mayor Gen Camp­bell, Friends Of Old Moama chair Mary Leg­widge and coun­cil plan­ning and build­ing man­ager Glenn Bul­mer.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.