Federal Funding for Roof Repairs

Article reproduced from the ypct.com.au – May 19 2020 edition

A FEDERAL grant will allow the National Trust of SA Moonta branch to repair the Moonta Mines Museum’s roof. Works should soon start after the organisation received $37,600 from the Australian Heritage Grant program. Branch chairperson Stephen Stock said the project would involve constructing a new roof over an existing box gutter which runs along the centre of the museum, formerly the Moonta Mines School. Flooding from the box gutters has damaged ceilings, interior walls and floors. “These works will ensure the integrity of this valuable Moonta heritage building,” Mr Stock said. “It houses a large collection of memorabilia from our Cornish mining heritage. “We’re planning on using a local builder, Pulse Construc tion, and using local products and labour where possible. “We’re very excited for this funding and we thank (Member for Grey) Rowan Ramsey and his staff for their help.”
Mr Ramsey said the building and its contents held a great deal of significance. “This government is committed to ensuring our National Heritage Listed places continue to reflect the richness of our Australian heritage and continue to be recognised for their natural, Indigenous and historic values,” Mr Ramsey said. Regional Development Australian Yorke and Mid North economic development officer — Yorke Peninsula Jo Buchanan said RDA had supported the branch in securing the funding. “We have been working alongside the branch on a range of initiatives during the past two years, including workshops with volunteers, site/venue audits and assisting them to gain funding for projects, including repairs at the Moonta Mines Museum,” Ms Buchanan said. “We will continue to support the branch as they continue to act as custodians of many historical buildings, sites and artefacts. “Importantly, they provide tourists with insights and experiences into Moonta’s Cornish mining history. “With no fewer than 100 volunteers, the National Trust branch is a special part of our region’s community.”