Local Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines visited the Viewbank Silos today to view the important restoration work being carried out on these heritage listed structures.
The silos, which were severely damaged by storms in July 2016, are undergoing a $150,000 restoration thanks to an Andrews Labor Government Living Heritage grant.
The restoration works include the reconstruction of all three roofs and doors and renewing the timber fittings in the silos. This will ensure the preservation and protection of the silos against the elements.
The Viewbank Silos are of outstanding heritage value to the community, and are among the last remaining structures of the landmark 1837 Viewbank Homestead property, which is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
First settled by Edward Willis in 1837, this property is the meeting point of the Yarra and Plenty rivers and has a long and diverse history. Between 1922-1974 the property was run as a dairy by the Bartram family and some of the original dairy structures still remain as a salute to our past.
Once the restoration of the silos is complete, investigations will commence into potential uses for these heritage listed structures. Early suggestions include using the site for art installations.
Quotes attributable to Anthony Carbines MP, Member for Ivanhoe
“The Viewbank Silos are an important part of our local history and played a crucial role during our early settlement days.”
“The restoration works will ensure these iconic silos are protected well into the future.”
Quotes attributable to Matthew Jackson, CEO Parks Victoria
“Parks Victoria has worked closely with Heritage Victoria to ensure the heritage value of the silos is maintained. We will continue to work closely with the community to investigate potential uses for the site.”