Council is working through options for how best to approach necessary works including:
extra copper cladding for the conical shaped pinnacles;
new cedar cladding for the mansard roof;
rebuilding rendered mouldings around the clock faces;
repairing or replacing the clock faces;
fixing ply wood to the roof; and
cleaning the clock arms.
Acting Manager Facilities and Recreation Jane Hinds said the cedar roof would be treated to prevent further rot, then covered with new copper cladding.
“We want to preserve as much of the heritage timber as possible so it will be covered with plywood, rather than replacing large sections with new material.
“There are builders’ notes from 1955 when some of the original cedar lining boards were replaced, and chalk lines showing the set-out of the roof. It’s a really interesting time capsule,” Ms Hinds said.
“This suggests the copper was last replaced 63 years ago and, with modern techniques, the new roof should last even longer,” Ms Hinds said.
“It will use a standing seam system that allows for expansion and contraction, instead of the outdated fixing system with metal straps that created leaks.
“Options for the clock faces are still being explored.”
Ms Hinds said the project will take longer and is expected to be completed within the next three months.
Total costs are estimated to be within budget.
Council was successful in receiving $200,000 in State Government funding as part of the Living Heritage Grants Program in September 2017.