Unearthed: 19th ​century bricks found

HERITAGE: Sarah Griffin from the Bathurst City Community Club (BCCC) with the historic foundations unearthed at the rear of the club. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 080216cdig1
Nanjing Night Net

BATHURST Regional Council will consider a request for financial assistance from the Bathurst City Community Club (BCCC) after historic brick foundations dating back to 1892 were unearthed on the grounds.

The ruins were found during upgrade works at the William Street club and are believed to be the foundations of the old kitchen.

Council were made aware of the findings during discussions with the BCCC in July.

The site was inspected and councilagreedto providea grant of $6000 from the Conservation and Interpretation Fund to preserve the historic bricks.

As the project to preserve the findings will cost in excess of $20,000, the BCCC, in a letter to council, has requested financial assistance.

Due to the heritage value of the ruins, corporate services and finance director Bob Roach has recommended in a report that council make available a loan of $10,000 in addition to the $6000 grant.

The loan would be at an interest rate of 7.74 per cent repayable over a 10-year period.

BCCC treasurer Lisa Pierce couldn’t comment on the recommendations, but said the board believes it is important for the council and community topreserve Bathurst’s heritage.

“The BCCC declines to comment on Mr Roach’s recommendations as we have not received the letter,” Ms Pierce said.

“As a community club we are the custodians of this unique part of the early settlement of Bathurst.We are endeavouring to maintain the integrity of these findings by preserving them in a manner that the whole community can see and enjoy.”

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