The latest step towards reactivation of the Warracknabeal Court House took place on Friday
25 May 2019.
Working Heritage, in partnership with Monash University Art Design & Architecture and Creative Victoria, hosted a community film night at the court house and grounds. Attendees and participants were welocmed to country with a smoking ceremony hosted by Wergaia Elder, Uncle Ron Marks. Black Betti and Co, a new local business, provided refreshments and grazing platters.
Attendees were invited to offer their opinions and suggestions on the proposed plans for the court house being transformed into an artist-in-residence facility which would incorporate living and working spaces. The short film, 'After Warracknabeal' was screened for attendees from around the district who were also able to participate in a stargazing session led by Monash University Astronomers.
Working Heritage hopes to commence the pilot artis-in-residence program in late 2019.
Working Heritage has now completed a major remediation and improvement project at the Former Royal Mint in central Melbourne. The project represents a $3 million investment by Working Heritage in the future of the site and its cultural heritage significance.
Works included excavating along the inside of the brick perimeter wall, improving drainage and constructing a new internal retaining wall. The car park at the rear of the site was re-ashphalted, landscaped and a new urban park created on the northern side. Further conservation work to the brickwork of the perimeter wall will take place in 2019.
The project was carried out in response to evidence of the perimeter walls, which run along Latrobe Street and Little Lonsdale Street, gradually shifting over time. The impressive brick perimeter wall has stood since 1870 when it was built to provide security and retain the earth that forms the flat site in an area that slopes downhill towards Queen Street.
The Mint Car Park is now operating at normal capacity once more and is available to casual car park customers. The Mint Car Park funds a significant proporation of Working Heritage's projects at heritage places across Victoria.
In March of 1998 and in accordance with the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978, the then Minister for Conservation and Land Management, Marie Tehan, signed off the incorporation of an organisation - known as The Mint Incorporated - that was appointed as the Committee of Management for the former Royal Mint, at 280 William Street, Melbourne, with Dr Jan Penney as Chair. The Victorian Government Gazette records the details in edition G9, 5 March 1998, page 503.
This was the official commencement of the organisation that is now known as Working Heritage. For the last 21 years, various committee members and staff, along with consultants and contractors, have worked in partnership to manage the heritage properties on Crown land in Victoria vested in its care.
On Thursday 21st March 2019, Working Heritage celebrates 21 years of conservation, adaptation and reactivation of properties and buildings with architectural, cultural and social heritage significance whose original uses are no longer required by government. Working Heritage looks forward to the next 21 years of caring for these valuable assets for all Victorians to enjoy.
t: 9600 1667
Former Royal Melbourne Mint
280 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
PO Box 13287
Law Courts Post Office
277 William Street
Melbourne VIC 8010
Permanent and casual parking
is available at the Mint Car Park,
280 William Street, Melbourne.