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THE CORRYONG COURIER
THURSDAY JANUARY 14, 2016
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I am writing regarding the imminent demise
of the historic Corryong Recreation Reserve
grandstand. Despite the best efforts of the
Grandstand Preservation Committee, we were
unable to save the building.
Unfortunately, those in control responded
negatively to the realistic proposals we put
forward to its restoration and future uses and
funding of same.
The preservation committee engaged the
services of Janelle Boynton as architect who has
considerable experience with such buildings. A
concept to gut the undercroft and make a large
useable pavilion space with level concrete floor
and keeping the heritage values and appearance,
refurbishing the exterior and stand in such
a manner that future maintenance would be
minimal, was rejected.
Two engineers inspected the building and
both agreed it was not in a dilapidated state and
was very restorable. One of the engineers was the
same engineer involved in the restoration of the
Towong Racecourse grandstand. He stated that
they were both in the same condition and both
needed the same repairs and improvements. In
conjunction with him, we were able to use the
costings of the Towong restoration to cost the
Corryong grandstand. The total cost was $206,800
(with project management, permits etc, in the
event of any overruns or extra features, absolutely
no more than $250,000). We already had $70,000
in kind and pledges of cash towards this.
Unfortunately we were denied permission to
affix a sign to the building seeking philanthropic
support and outlining the concept for restoration
during the last Man From Snowy River Festival.
It is quite conceivable that all the funds could have
been gained from philanthropic support from the
attendees of this event, without interfering with
Due to a lot of misinformation regarding the
status of the building, a building surveyor was
employed by us to determine what the current
safety status of the building was. He stated that
the building did not need fencing, as many have
been lead to believe, providing certain minor
works were carried out prior to restoration, such
as the removal of the guttering off the skillion,
securing loose sheets of iron and some temporary
He also stated that there was no official
order on the building, only a letter of request for
certain works to be performed as opposed to the
sign placed on the building by the management
The community currently has two events on
that area of the reserve that depict earlier times,
fitting in with the era of this 108-year-old building.
I find it incredible that the bush festival doesn’t
see this building as an important feature, adding
atmosphere to their event, nor an opportunity to
use it as a promotional feature in their marketing.
The undercroft would be a dry area during
inclement weather as well a place for some stall
We planned on having district pioneer family
names burnt into large beams inside as well as
decorating walls with local property fire brands
and wool bale stencils etc. The stand could be
used by people watching the screen, placed for
those outside the rodeo arena, around the bar etc.
The Historic Machinery Club would have
liked the building to remain both as a backdrop
to its rally as well as a pavilion to display smaller
Once gone, the area will look like a featureless
flat paddock and nothing else built there will bring
about the same atmosphere or imposing feature on
the landscape. In conversation with the architect,
to even come close to imposing in anyway similar
it would cost well in excess of $3 million to build,
an amount impossible to justify.
The community went through the 2030 Vision
Plan and determined that ‘branding’ and tourism
were priorities. What brand are we selling if we
don’t value our heritage? Will the bush festival
just become a plastic theme park, without any
physical attachment to our past?
This should be a warning to other communities
to protect their heritage from those who would
demolish and replace it with some shiny new
plastic featureless structures that takes away the
character and identity of the community.
To the current members of the community,
visitors and future generations, it is with deep
regret that we were unable to secure the vision,
imagination and foresight of those in control, to
Community will be much poorer for grandstand loss
save this building. The community and district
will be much poorer for its loss, now and in the
Foal well thanks to help
I would just like to thank Paul and Neena and
police officers Justin and Tim for attending to my
foal that became badly caught up in a fence on
Sunday December 13.
Without your help he would not be here today.
He is doing well now.
I am so grateful to you all, thank you.
Lea Russell and Mooney.
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