RESTORATION of the iconic Sale Water Tower is well advanced with the stairwells now complete, new flooring laid and glazing beginning.
Gippsland MHR Darren Chester said the views from the top floor were superb, and would be enjoyed by locals and visitors to the region once the tower was opened to the public.
The federal government has provided $10,000 toward the restoration project, Mr Chester saying the water tower was an important part of the district’s history.
“Visiting the water tower provides an insight into Sale’s history, and there are some great views of the town from the top floor,” he said.
“The former Sale council was the first municipality in Australia to trial artesian water as a public water supply.
“This unique slice of history will be recorded in the ‘water museum’ inside the tower.”
Mr Chester said the completed project would provide an economic stimulus for Sale, by giving people another reason to stay in the area longer.
Peter Synan, from the Sale Historical Society Water Tower Restoration Committee, said there had been strong community support for the restoration project and was hopeful community donations could continue so the project could be completed.
“We began a community campaign back in 2016 to restore the tower as a water museum and visitor lookout to preserve the history of this building,” he said.
“Sale builder Peter Lowe and Brian Castles have been a great help with the restoration, and we’re also grateful for the Federal Government’s contribution — but there’s more work to be done and we’re hopeful the community will continue to support the building project by way of further donations.”
Mr Synan said the Sale Water Tower would complement other historical icons in the area including the Rubeena, St Mary’s Cathedral, Sale Powder Magazine and the Swing Bridge.
People can donate money towards the project at www.gofundme.com/sale-water-tower-restoration