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$100,000 to restore Geelong church spire

Australia's tallest bluestone spire at a Catholic Church in Geelong, Victoria, is one of 72 historic sites across Australia to share $3.5 million in Federal Government heritage funding this year.

The Age reports taht the 70-year-old bluestone spire that towers 60 metres above Geelong's St Mary of the Angels needs restoration.

It will receive $100,000 of almost $500,000 earmarked for eight Victorian projects in the Government's Cultural Heritage Projects Program.

Parish priest Fr Kevin Dillon welcomed the announcement but said the grant would cover less than half the cost of the refurbishment.

Other Victorian projects to get grants include St Kilda's Sacred Heart Church, the Paddle Steamer Gem at Swan Hill, and the old police station in Echuca.

$100,000 to restore church spire (The Age 21/4/04)

St Mary of the Angels, Geelong | History / Construction
Australian Government Cultural Heritage Projects Program

21 Apr 2004