Thursday, 5 July 2018

The Andrews Labor Government is restoring one of Omeo’s much loved heritage assets, the highly intact nineteenth century Omeo Justice Precinct.

Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing today announced a $200,000 grant from the Labor Government’s Living Heritage Program, which gives communities like Omeo the resources we need to protect our treasured heritage.

The grant will enable the Structural stabilisation of the old Court House (1859) & priority works to the new Court House (1893) including stormwater system upgrade, roof works, subfloor repairs, brickwork & render repair.

The Omeo Justice Precinct is used for and by the community. The works will mitigate the risk to both buildings, and allow for their continued use by the community.

Our heritage is our history – it enriches our experiences, reflects the community’s sense of cultural identity, sense of place and creates a great sense of pride.

The $38.5 million Living Heritage Grants Program is the biggest boost to heritage assets in Victorian history, funding the repair and restoration of iconic venues all over the state.

This includes the World War 1 searchlight emplacement at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse and Christ Church in St Kilda – one of the oldest buildings in Melbourne south of the Yarra River.

Applications for the next round of the Contested Grants stream of the Living Heritage Program will open early 2019.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing

 “These repairs and upgrades will ensure this treasured Omeo location will remain part of our identity for many decades to come.”