23 June 2023

The Creswick Town Hall is back to its former grandeur and ready to reopen to visitors and locals thanks to support from all three levels of government.

Member for Ripon Martha Haylett today joined with Member for Ballarat Catherine King and Hepburn Shire Mayor Brian Hood to restart the restored tower clock, which is part of the works completed on the Hall.

The upgrades include roof plumbing, a new flagpole and access ladder, accessible entry, electrical work, painting, and masonry repairs. The restoration of this highly valued community asset will see the building serve locals for years to come.

The project was jointly funded with $500,000 from the Victorian Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund, $432,000 from the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, and $251,017 from the Hepburn Shire Council.

Creswick is an old gold-mining town that attracts visitors for its scenic bushland areas, parklands, mountain bike trails and local businesses. The upgrades to this iconic Town Hall will only add to its appeal for visitors wanting to learn more about the town’s history. 

The Creswick Town Hall opened in 1876 and reflects the architecture of the gold rush period. It’s listed on the Victorian Heritage Register for its architectural and historical significance.

The Hall is in the centre of the town and is a key venue for local events from weddings to the annual 3-day music festival, known as ‘CresFest’. It was used as the Council chambers until 1968 and is now home to the Creswick Museum.

Hepburn Shire Council awarded the contract to deliver the upgrades to heritage restoration specialists SIDA Constructions Pty Ltd, who have previously completed projects including the North Melbourne Town Hall, Linden Gallery and Essendon Courthouse. The project created at least 5 jobs during construction.

Quotes attributable to Member for Ballarat Catherine King:

“Creswick hasn’t been the same without the facade of the beautiful Town Hall, so it’s wonderful to see the scaffolding come down after these upgrades.

“This project is a great example of all three levels of government working together to deliver the best outcomes for the Creswick community.”   

Quotes attributable to Member for Ripon Martha Haylett:

“Places like Creswick Town Hall sit at the heart of our regional communities, and I’m so pleased we’re able to help restore these grand buildings to their former glory.”

“We’re supporting these upgrades so that regional towns like Creswick are vibrant and attract more visitors and events to the region for years to come.”

Quote attributable to Hepburn Shire Council Mayor, Cr Brian Hood

“This fantastic conservation project has renewed and revitalised the iconic Creswick Town Hall. We appreciate the support of the Victorian and Federal Governments and their continued investment in our Shire.”