Historic building opens its doors
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.