CENTRAL Goldfields residents know there’s something special about the historic Maryborough Railway Station and now UNESCO has agreed with them.
The station has been recognised with a UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage in the wake of $3.1 million project to restore the facility to its original glory.
Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the station restoration was one of six projects to receive an award of merit.
“This is an absolutely fantastic achievement and places the Maryborough Station project on a par with cultural restoration projects across the Asia-Pacific region,” Mr Mulder said. “The judges said the restoration at Maryborough had breathed new life into a fine and rare example of a Victorian-era station built in the Anglo-Dutch style.”
Writer Mark Twain once famously described Maryborough as ‘a train station with a town attached’.
A $1.3 million project in 2011, funded by VicTrack and the Department of Transport, restored the historic verandah at Maryborough, providing passengers with an upgraded and comfortable platform area.
VicTrack spent a further $1.8 million on the station between 2007 and 2008 under its heritage program to upgrade the clock tower, station facade, cast iron gutters, balustrades and ornate shields.
“All the heritage work required specialist skilled labour and materials sourced from across Australia and was completed under plans approved by Heritage Victoria,” Mr Mulder said.