Trust seeks fund­ing for restora­tion project

Otago Daily Times - - Regions - JONO ED­WARDS

A TRUST is forg­ing ahead with $180,000 plans to re­store a his­toric stone cottage and dam on a Ban­nock­burn walk­ing track.

The Otago Gold­fields Her­itage Trust has sub­mit­ted fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for its re­vamp project at Ste­wart Town in the Ban­nock­burn Sluic­ings and says work could be­gin this year.

Last year it com­mis­sioned a re­port which out­lined reno­ va­tion op­tions, rang­ing from mi­nor to sig­nif­i­cant.

Trust pres­i­dent Martin An­der­son said it de­cided to pur­sue sig­nif­i­cant work due to the sup­port re­ceived from the peo­ple of Ban­nock­burn and Cromwell.

Es­ti­mates were it would take four to six months.

The project in­volves stone work on Ste­wart’s Cottage, erect­ing a roof over it and adding the sup­port of a steel por­tal frame.

The metal roof would be de­signed so wa­ter could be caught and used to ir­ri­gate nearby her­itage fruit trees.

Men­zies dam would also be partly re­stored and sta­bilised.

The fi­nal part of the project was in­stalling a toi­let.

‘‘Doc fig­ures for Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary show over 5000 vis­i­tors, so it gets a lot of use,’’ Mr An­der­son said.

The site was a ‘‘very spe­cial area’’ for many peo­ple in Cromwell and Ban­nock­burn.

‘‘It has very sig­nif­i­cant his­toric value. The dam it­self is one of the few struc­tures like that in New Zealand. We haven’t done a big project like this in a while.’’

The trust was in­ves­ti­gat­ing open­ing a bank ac­count so peo­ple could do­nate to the project.

The area is named af­ter David Ste­wart, who built the Long Gully wa­ter race with John Men­zies in the 1860s. The area was mined from 1862 to the 1930s.

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