Work is continuing apace on the Comboyne museum.
In December, the member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey MP announced a $115,000 for the refurbishment of Hurrell House as part of round two of the NSW Government’s $100 million Regional Cultural Fund.
The money was allocated to preserve and display the unique heritage of the Comboyne district in the Hurrell family's former home.
The project is being managed by the Port Macquarie Hastings Council and the Comboyne Community Association.
When restoration is complete the house will showcase the community’s historical collections featuring the dairy and timber industries, within a landscaped garden and picnic area with parking facilities.
There will be a collection of restored farming equipment, a working-model of a dairy farm, and in future, there can be a Men’s Shed and an Artist-in-Residence.
"With the grant that we received from the Regional Cultural Fund we are hoping to complete the renovations of the museum," said Leonie Stevens from the Comboyne Community Association.
"Throughout the year we are planning to have a couple of open days to showcase the progress of the building and grounds."
Stage 1 will be the removal of asbestos, followed by a new roof and guttering.
Stage 2 will be completing the exterior of the house, matching the weatherboards and windows where necessary, and rewiring. New tanks and a pump will then be installed.
The Anglican Church on the hill at Comboyne has been deconsecrated and will be sold.
"Some of the contents of the church has been donated to the museum and we are thrilled that the original bell tower will also take pride of place on the site," added Mrs Stevens.