Works start on Willaura Station refurbishment

Work to refurbish Willaura Station has begun, returning the historic station to its former glory and allowing the building to be used as a community space.

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, today announced the start of works to refurbish Willaura Station under VicTrack’s $2.3m Community Use of Vacant Rail Buildings Program.

Under the program, disused heritage railway buildings are restored to provide affordable spaces for local communities.

Works at Willaura Station include the installation of new floors, gutters and downpipes, painting, new external ramps and shelters, new electrical wiring and the installation of a new kitchenette, accessible toilet and air-conditioners.

Following the discovery of gold in 1900 at Mount William in the Grampians, Willaura Station was a disembarkation point for many diggers, and the station buildings are of local heritage significance.

“This historic station holds a special place in the heart of the Willaura community and the refurbishment works announced today mean it will be enjoyed by the community for years to come,” Ms Pulford said.

“I’m really pleased the Willaura community are one step closer to having their station building repaired, restored and returned back into community use,” she said.

Works at the historic station started in early May and are expected to be completed by the end of September.

A number of other stations across Western Victoria have also seen significant restoration works in recent years including Beaufort, Avoca and St Arnaud.

For more information on the program, please visit victrack.com.au