We want to hear from you!
The Draft Maryborough Grandstand Cultural Management Plan is now available for community feedback until Friday 1 October.
The Draft Plan provides a detailed assessment of the Princes Park Grandstand so that an affordable, staged plan of works to restore and conserve the historic recreation facility for the future can be developed.
The Cultural Management Plan was recommended in 2002 as part of the Princes Park Conservational Analysis and Master Plan.
To provide feedback, contact Manager of Statutory Services Amy Bell on 5461 0685 or AmyB@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au
Who developed the plan?
Council appointed local heritage architect Amanda Jean to prepare the Cultural Management Plan in late 2020.
The development of the Draft Plan also involved Historian Charles Fahey from La Trobe University who undertook a historical survey of the construction of the Grandstand and its part in Maryborough public life.
A community information sharing session was held on Thursday 1 April where community members shared pictures and memories of the reserve.
The 1895 grandstand in Princes Park is of architectural significance as an important design of the long established and notable architectural firm, Thomas Watts and Sons.
The grandstand uses extensive turned wood decoration and is an early example of all timber decoration that became more widespread in late Victorian and the Edwardian period.
The Grandstand is the only example of this type of building by Thomas Watts and Sons, and was modelled on the 1886 South Melbourne grandstand designed by William Elliot Wells which was destroyed by fire in 1926 and a similar grandstand at Victoria Park, Collingwood which was demolished in 1966.