In 2016/17, we have completed the first stage of the Cathedral’s Conservation Management Plan. This was the first major work project completed since the building of the tower in 1988. Major drainage works had been undertaken around the building’s perimeter to alleviate and prevent further destructive rising damp. As part of this work, external entrances have been rebuilt to allow easy access for people with disabilities.
The $440,000 cost of this first stage work by specialist engineers and stonemasons and overseen by the leading heritage architect, Michael Fox AM, has been met by donations to the Heritage Conservation Appeal, as well as grants from the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage and from Goulburn-Mulwaree Council.
An Asset Management Plan is being developed. The draft plan has identified our next stage should be remedial work on the roof and gutters to prevent ‘falling damp’ and urgent repairs to the Cathedral’s ornately carved roof finials, crosses and parapets which have weathered and cracked over the past 133 years of exposure to Goulburn’s sandstone-damaging climate. Costs should run at about the same as the first stage
Donations to the National Trust-St Saviour’s Cathedral Heritage Conservation Appeal Fund are tax deductible.
For details on how to make a donation look here.