Roof upgrade for Coolart Homestead

Tuesday 12 March, 2019

Parks Victoria continues commitment to conserve the historic mansion

Parks Victoria is undertaking important roof repair works at Coolart Homestead meaning it will be closed to visitors until May 2019, however the gardens, wetlands and park will be open to enjoy as usual.

Coolart Homestead is a heritage-listed Victorian mansion situated on the shores of Western Port Bay. The Victorian Government purchased the site in 1977 to preserve its historic buildings and significant wetlands. It is a great example of the intersection between culture and nature.

Parks Victoria is installing a new roof consisting of a galvanised steel inner roof, a slate outer roof, copper guttering, new flashings, valleys, sarking, timber boards, rafters and tiles.

The Victorian Government’s Living Heritage Grants Program has funded the much-needed roof repairs. The program is an initiative to safeguard and reactivate Victoria’s key heritage resources.

Parks Victoria’s work to repair of the roof will stop the current problem of moisture penetrating into walls causing dampness, and will allow repairs in the rooms on the first floor.

Last year, Friends of Coolart Inc. secured $196,000 through the Victorian Government’s Pick My Project program, to enable conservation and repair works to the rooms on the first floor. Parks Victoria will deliver the specialist restoration of the traditional lath and plaster ceilings in these rooms so they can once again be accessed and used.

These are the latest conservation works at the historic site, following on from last year’s repair and restoration of the 160-year-old stable and coachhouse buildings and the smokehouse.

Parks Victoria manages more than 3,000 historic heritage places and objects which are significant in representing key aspects of Victoria’s history.

The Living Heritage Grants Program marks the largest State Government investment in the conservation and activation of heritage places in Victoria's history. For more information visit the Living Heritage program website.

Quotes, attributed to Parks Victoria Parks Victoria Area Chief Ranger Kris Rowe:

“Coolart Wetlands and Homestead is a perfect example of where culture meets nature. The wetlands are home for more than 60 species of birds and provide a stunning setting for the historic homestead, creating a unique venue for a variety of community events.”

“The Victorian Government’s generous investments through the Living Heritage Grants and Pick My Project are giving this heritage-listed homestead a new lease on life.”

“Parks Victoria is proud to play a stewardship role of managing historic places like Coolart on behalf of the region. We are looking forward to working closely with the community to activate this site.”

Quotes from Friends of Coolart President Julie Ebbott:

“The Friends of Coolart are delighted to see restoration works commencing on the Coolart Homestead; this marks the beginning of new life for this glorious building.”

“We will continue to work with Parks Victoria to raise and seek funds for the property so that every visitor can discover and enjoy Coolart's historical and environmental uniqueness now and into the future.”

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