The historic good sheds building at Healesville station will be refurbished and transformed into a local community hub, Labor Upper Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, announced today.
Ms Symes said works are now underway to restore and preserve this significant building.
The works to the goods shed include replacing the roof, restumping the building, and installing new guttering and downpipes.
Yarra Valley Railway, a volunteer group based at Healesville Station, manages the Yarra Glen – Healesville line as a tourist railway under a community lease.
The group plans to install a signal and telegraph workshop in the shed, which is currently used for storage.
Early works are now underway to get the site ready, with restoration work expected to be completed by the middle of the year.
“This project will return this building to its former glory, creating new opportunities for our local community to use it every day,” Ms Symes said.
“It will help to preserve our rail history and make sure the building continues to serve this thriving country community.
“It is already a tourist attraction and these improvements will no doubt enhance its attractiveness.”
FNG Group will carry out the works, in consultation with heritage architects, Quadratum Architects.
The project will be managed by Victorian rail asset owner VicTrack, through the annual Heritage Program, which restores old railway buildings so they can be used by local communities.