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Below: Greek community representative Andreas Litras, local heritage restoration
bricklayer Paul Britt, Cr Samantha McIntosh, City of Ballarat Heritage Architect
Brian Benson and National Trust President (Ballarat Branch) Dianne Gow inspect
St Nicholas Church during its recent restoration.
St Nicholas Church receives
The brick exterior of one of Ballarat's historic churches has been restored
thanks to a partnership between Heritage Victoria, the Greek community,
Council and the University of Ballarat.
The Greek Orthodox Community of Ballarat and District received $15,000
in matched funding from Heritage Victoria to restore the exterior brickwork
of St Nicholas Church, in Humffray Street.
The building's brick exterior was a prime example of previous incorrect
masonry repairs and deterioration that occurs in brick buildings of this
age. The restoration project involved replacing damaged cement mortar
with traditional lime mortar as well as the removal and replacement of
over 400 bricks.
The project is a practical example of Council's recently adopted Preserving
our Heritage strategy which aims to minimise the incidence of 'demolition
by neglect' and encourage conservation of heritage buildings.
An open day was held last month for people to learn more about the lime
mortar techniques that were used in the restoration project. The conservation
works have been documented to highlight common problems to masonry
buildings of this era as a reference and a model for the care and maintenance
of similar brick buildings in the Ballarat area.
The project was undertaken by local heritage restoration bricklayer Paul Britt
in conjunction with the University of Ballarat Building Construction Training
Centre. This ensured the economic benefit derived from the project stayed
within the regional community while at the same time further developing
the skill base of local tradespeople. Council officers provided heritage
advice on the project.
St Nicholas Church was built in 1867 by carpenter S.H. Lugg and started
its life as the Brown Hill Bible Christian Church. It then became the Brown
Hill Methodist Church until it was purchased by Ballarat's Greek Community
Airport upgrade drives safety
An important asset for local business and manufacturing communities, the
Ballarat Aerodrome has received a vital upgrade worth $1.4 million.
The recent upgrade has increased traffic capacity and will help the precinct to
meet future manufacturing transport needs, increasing the city's opportunity
to become a regional freight hub.
In addition to the Aerodrome upgrade, the City of Ballarat Economic Strategy
2010-2014, adopted by Council in May, includes a key action to secure
suitable land adjacent to the Ballarat Aerodrome for a future transport
and logistics hub.
The upgrade included a new runway lighting system, new taxiway, optic fibre
to the precinct, improvements to the existing water mains and installation
of a new drainage system around the precinct.
The new runway lighting system includes pilot-activated aircraft landing
capability, runway and taxiway lighting and a Precision Approach Path
Indicator (PAPI) helping to ensure that the aviation community is able to
access the airport in a safe and reliable manner.
The additional taxiway, water mains and drainage work will improve future
land development opportunities within the airport precinct, in line with the
Ballarat Aerodrome Master Plan 2004 - 2014. The works will also assist
the STATA flight school to better manage its operations.
The upgrade was funded by the City of Ballarat, and was delivered with
support from the Ballarat Aerodrome Advisory Committee.
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