The meticulous restoration work at Maryborough's historic 1890 railway station has been recognised with a UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage.
A $1.3 million project in 2011, funded by Victrack and the Department of Transport, restored the historic station verandah, providing passengers with a safe and comfortable platform area.
The project inlcuded 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.
VicTrack spent a further $1.8 million on Maryborough station between 2007 and 2008 under its 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 int he Anglo-Dutch style.
Maryborough was one of six projects - and the only one in Australia - to receive an Award of Merit.