Repair and stabilisation work, Murtoa Stick Shed, 2009
The Marmalake/Murtoa Grain Store No.1 is the earliest and only remaining example of three large sheds of an unusually grand scale built in rural Victoria during the early 1940s.
When the Murtoa Stick Shed ceased to be used for grain storage after 1989, plans were made for its demolition. However an Interim Preservation Order was served by Historic Buildings Council (HBC) in December 1989 and by December 1990 the shed had been added to the Historic Buildings Register.
Debate continued over subsequent years, with frequent calls for the demolition of the building from some sources and persistent arguments for its preservation from others.
Ultimately, the Heritage Council of Victoria undertook a large-scale program of work to stabilise and repair the Stick Shed, including the repair of damaged poles and installation of galvanised wire “netting” to cover the entire roof area.
Work is being undertaken to provide permanent public access to the Shed, separated from the activity of the surrounding grain storage complex. Application has also been made to have the Stick Shed added to the Commonwealth Heritage Register.
The Friends of Murtoa Stick Shed group, amongst other organisations, is playing a vital local role in supporting the preservation and reinvention of the Stick Shed as a publically accessible building.