At last … our replacement display pavilion (shed) has been erected.
Early in 2011 we were able, on health grounds, to have the asbestos roof removed from our ‘wagon shed’ with State Government support. Since then we have been planning and working to replace the whole shed.
Funding has been a large issue – where do you get a grant for capital works? Heritage grants, in particular, are normally for conserving old buildings rather than building new ones – even if it is to house historic items. We sought sponsorship from several shed suppliers, without luck. Eventually we have had to dig into our own reserves, hard earned over years through volunteer fundraising events.
St Agnes Stratco offered us a good price, plus gift voucher, and we found a builder who would give us a good price for erection.
The old structure was removed and then various drays and farming machinery, which required a crane. Tom Kenyon MP contributed towards this expense.
Unfortunately, as the shed was on a road boundary, our property was then left without a side fence and we became a target for graffiti!
We consulted a Heritage Adviser about the materials and colour. Corrugated walls were advised rather than more modern sheet profiles, and slate grey the colour – a little strange given that we already have a red shed and a green shed, the colours advised in their day! We applied for local government planning and development approval.
The site is sloping, so we hired a local firm to build a retaining wall. The City of Tea Tree Gully then assisted by supplying and compacting fill within the wall area.
In late November we gained Development Approval and were able to place our order with Stratco. They held to their previous quotation, although their general rates had since risen.
We arranged a delivery schedule of 16 January, with the builder to start erection on the 19th. Two days saw most of the work done.
We now have a 12.3 x 5.4 m steel display pavilion, 3 m high, snuggled in between two other structures. Next … a concrete floor.
Meanwhile we obtained a 2012 Community Museums Program grant to develop the displays within this building – interpreting the vineyards and wine making that dominated much of the surrounding area until suburban sprawl took over. More later …
We are also seeking to connect electricity to our various outbuildings, but first we need to upgrade our main building electrical distribution board. Again, this is a difficult area in which to find relevant grants. Any thoughts?