December 11, 2015

FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR HISTORIC GORDON STATION

The refurbishment of the historic Gordon Station building is complete, opening it up to the local community for the first time in more than 30 years.

Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard joined members of the community to celebrate the completion of works funded from the Victorian Government’s Community Use of Vacant Rail Buildings Program.

“Gordon’s heritage listed, 130 year old station building has been given a new lease of life as a local community facility,” Mr Howard said.

“It will be used by Australian Railway Historical Society and by local community groups and residents for meetings.

“This project is a celebration of Gordon’s historic past and its bright future as a thriving regional town.

“The $225,000 refurbishment has transformed the station into part of the everyday life of the Gordon community once again.”

Works carried out by Ballarat Civic Construction included major restoration of the inside and outside of the building, including repainting, platform asphalting, and new floors, plumbing and electrical services. 

New accessible toilets and a kitchenette were also installed.

Gordon Station first opened in 1879 and is the only example of an experimental design at the time to produce lower cost station buildings.  The last passenger service to the station ran in 1981.