Francis Logan

Francis Logan

Minister for Energy; Resources; Industry and Enterprise

    Heritage windfall for York

    9/08/2005 12:00 AM

    Heritage Minister Francis Logan today announced a $25,700 grant to ensure the survival of the historic Marwick’s Shed in York.

    Visiting the site this morning, Mr Logan said the grant would provide funding for the urgent stabilisation of the heritage-listed shed, which was in danger of partially collapsing.

    “The grant provides vital assistance for the urgent conservation of the shed’s stonework, roofwork and drainage,” he said.

    “The shed will be propped immediately while damaged sections of the wall are carefully taken down and rebuilt. Structural posts will then be repaired or replaced.”

    The Minister said the 1876 timber-framed building was unusual in having no internal load-bearing walls.

    “Marwick’s Shed is a memorable and well-known visual element on Newcastle Street in York, with a rustic appearance acquired after so many years exposure to the elements,” he said.

    The shed was originally a depot for William Marwick’s road haulage business, which provided essential supplies to miners and prospectors in the Goldfields. It is now owned by Marwick’s great grandson, Gordon Marwick.

    While in York, Mr Logan also visited the Old York Hospital to handover the final cheque for replacing part of the shingle roof. The conservation works were recently completed with the help of a $50,000 State Government grant.

    The Minister said the landmark building was highly valued by the York community, being a fine example of the Federation Arts and Craft style of architecture which gives the hospital a cottage-style look.

    “It is representative of the growth and development of York in the 1890s and the provision of Government services to the people of York,” he said.

    Mr Logan said the Heritage Grant Program had assisted more than 400 conservation projects around the State by providing $5.8million in grant funding - with about $300,000 going to places in York.

    “The grants provide much-needed assistance to private owners and help ensure the State's heritage assets are conserved for future generations to enjoy," he said.

    “It is another example of the Gallop Government acting to protect and enhance Western Australia's unique lifestyle and environment.”

    A full list of York sites included in the State Register of Heritage Places is available from the Minister’s office.

    Minister's office: 9222 9850