Its nearly three years since we first applied for a State Government Heritage Grant to restore the Lecture Hall, and were finally successful in gaining a $100,000 grant in July 2017.However, formal work on the project didn’t start until April 2018 when our Heritage Consultants provided a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for the site. This detailed work that would be required to bring the hall up to a suitable standard and to conserve the fabric of its heritage. At the outset, it became obvious that the original cost estimate of $95,000 was inadequate, and total costs now approach $250,000.
95% of the work is now complete, thanks to the untiring efforts of Daryl Back who has Project Managed the task from day one, and the results can now be seen. The change is quite dramatic as shown in these photos. The first few show the BEFORE & during shots, followed by the AFTER views.
The generosity of local Church members and the community has been outstanding with a public fund-raising appeal launched six months ago raising $108,000 toward the cost of the project. Our thanks go to everyone who has generously supported the project including the Kiama Men’s Shed, who have contributed Value in Kind assistance. We expect all work to be completed by June 2019.