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Published Date 01 Oct 2014

 

 

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

 

INCLUSION OF A PLACE IN THE NATIONAL HERITAGE LIST

 

 

MURTOA NO 1 GRAIN STORE

 

 

I, Greg Hunt, Minister for the Environment, having considered in relation to the place described in the Schedule of this instrument:

 

(a)       the Australian Heritage Council’s assessment whether the place meets any of the National Heritage criteria; and

 

(b)       the comments given to the Council under sections 324JG and 324JH of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999; and

 

being satisfied that the place described in the Schedule has the National Heritage values specified in the Schedule, pursuant to section 324JJ of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, include the place and its National Heritage values in the National Heritage List.

 

 

 

Dated    9 July 2014

 

 

[signed by]

Greg Hunt

Minister for the Environment

 


SCHEDULE

 

STATE / TERRITORY:          VICTORIA

Local Government:                 Yarriambiack Shire

Name:                                       Murtoa No 1 Grain Store

Location / Boundary:

Approximately 3.7ha, Industrial Road, Murtoa, being an area enclosed by a line commencing at the most easterly point of Lot 5 PS337428 (approximate MGA point 632336mE 5946049mN), then south westerly via the south eastern boundaries of Lots 4 & 5 PS337428 to the most southern point of Lot 4 PS337428 (approximate MGA point 632188mE 5945977mN), then via the following MGA points consecutively: 632072mE 5945922mN, 632118mE 5945823mN, 632384mE 5945948mN, then north westerly directly to the commencement point.

Criteria / Values


 

Criterion

Values

 (a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the place has outstanding heritage value to the nation because of the place's importance in the course, or pattern, of Australia's natural or cultural history.

The Murtoa No.1 Grain Store is significant for its historic associations with the construction of emergency wheat stores during World War II. This emergency response is an indicator of the importance of the wheat industry to Australia's economy in the early to mid twentieth century. It demonstrates the impact of World War II on Australia, in particular, Australian Government and grower concerns about the loss of overseas markets. The store also influenced the wheat industry's adoption of bulk handling processes and later introduction of sub-terminals into the system of supply chain infrastructure used to export wheat.

The features expressing these values include all of the building's fabric, its mechanical fittings associated with handling and storing of wheat, the grain elevator, its railway siding and its location near to the main railway line.

 (b)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the place has outstanding heritage value to the nation because of the place's possession of uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of Australia's natural or cultural history

The Murtoa No.1 Grain Store is the only remaining 'stick shed' emergency store in Australia; built to meet an emergency requirement for infrastructure on the home front during World War II. The store is a rare example of the use of rural vernacular building technology to meet a difficult engineering challenge on a very large scale. The interior space of the grain store is striking, aesthetically appealing and extraordinary in character.

The features expressing these values include all of the building's fabric, its large size, aesthetically striking interior and its demonstration of rural vernacular building technology to meet the need for emergency storage of wheat.

 

For more information on the place search the Australian Heritage Database at http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/ahdb/search.pl using the name of the place.