The heritage listed Adelong Falls Gold Mill Ruins are in for a $19,000 refurbishment, the Member for Wagga Wagga Daryl Maguire announced on Friday.
The funding is to be used to repoint a historical brick chimney that has stood at the site since the 1800s. It overlooks the picturesque Adelong Falls and the former gold mill.
“It’s probably the most important site of this type in Southern NSW,” Conservation Coordinator for the Adelong Falls Gold Mill Ruins Louise Halsey said. “I’m biased, but I think it’s the most important interpretive site on the Gold Trail.”
Mr Maguire also spoke of his enthusiasm for the beautiful spot.
“This is one of my favourite sites in the electorate,” he said. “You have to preserve this stuff. In order to go forward you have to know where you’ve come from.”
The Gold Mill Ruins, which include the soon-to-be refurbished chimney, are a key tourist attraction for Adelong. 25,000 vehicles a year are drawn to the site’s lookout point and walking trails.
The upgrades will involve a scaffold being constructed to inspect the interior of the chimney and establish what preservation repairs are necessary. Then a coat of desalinating poultice will be applied to the interior and left to extract any harmful salt build-up the chimney has likely accrued. Lastly the necessary works will be completed using limestone mortar instead of concrete.
“We only use traditional techniques and materials,” Ms Halsey said. “This grant has made (the refurbishments) possible. It’s just fantastic.”
The funding comes from the Public Reserves Management Fund Program, and is part of a $630, 000 grant to be distributed throughout the Wagga electorate.