We work to protect and restore Victoria’s heritage rail buildings, and a project we completed in 2011 to restore Maryborough Station was honoured with a UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage.
The $1.3 million project, funded by us and the former Department of Transport, restored the historic station verandah, providing passengers with a safe and comfortable platform area.
The project included demolition works, replacement of laminated glass panels, installation of approved heritage corrugated metal roofing and guttering, metal roofing and associated works, glazing and timberwork and painting.
We also spent a further $1.8 million on Maryborough station between 2007 and 2008 under our Heritage Program to upgrade the clock tower, station facade, cast iron gutters, balustrades and ornate shields.
Both projects required specialist skilled labour and materials sourced from across the country and were completed under plans approved by Heritage Victoria.
The UNESCO judging panel said that the restoration had breathed new life into a fine and rare example of a Victorian-era station built in the Anglo-Dutch style.
Maryborough was one of six projects - and the only one in Australia - to receive an Award of Merit.
Maryborough Station was built in 1890 and is listed as historically and architecturally significant to Victoria.
The UNESCO awards acknowledge the efforts of individuals and organisations that have successfully restored and conserved structures and buildings of heritage value in the Asia-Pacific region.