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11
Nov
2014

Victorian Coalition Government funds repairs to St Kilda Shule

• St Kilda Synagogue receives $150,000 for works to copper domes
• The second round of heritage grants for communities in Victoria have been announced with almost $700,000 in funding for nine places
• Minister announces opening of third round for heritage grants

St Kilda’s Hebrew Congregation Synagogue has received a heritage grant for works to the building’s distinctive copper domes.

It is one of nine community owned and publicly managed heritage places in Victoria that have been awarded grants allowing vital conservation works to take place, Planning Minister Matthew Guy said today.

The second round of the Victorian Heritage Register Places & Objects grants will provide total financial assistance of almost $700,000 to custodians of publicly owned heritage places and objects.

“These grants will ensure these places can continue to be used and enjoyed by all Victorians,” Mr Guy said.

David Southwick said this investment by the Victorian Government would greatly assist the preservation of the St Kilda Hebrew Congregation Synagogue, one of the oldest and most beautiful synagogues established in 1871.

“This infrastructure work is vital to ensure the ongoing viability of the St Kilda Hebrew Congregation Synagogue and its iconic dome,” Mr Southwick said.

“The support of the Napthine Government will ensure the great work by the St Kilda Synagogue and other community organisations can continue to serve our diverse multicural community.”

The St Kilda Hebrew Congregation Synagogue was designed by architect Joseph Plottel and consecrated in 1927. The $150,000 grant will be match funded by the Synagogue. The works to the copper domes will prevent damage to the interior and ensure the continued use of the building by the Hebrew Congregation and the nearby Jewish Museum.

Minister Guy also announced that Round 3 of the Victorian Heritage Register Places & Objects Fund is now open and applications may be made until 27 February 2015 at www.vhrf.com.au.

Photo(L – R): Anton Block (President of the St Kilda Shule), the Hon. Matthew Guy MP (Minister for Planning and Multicultural Affairs), Rabbi Yaakov Glasman (Chief Minister), Clem Newton-Brown MP (Member for Prahran), David Southwick MP (Member for Caulfield), Shannon Eeles (Liberal for Albert Park)

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