BATHURST Courthouse’s portico will be restored to its “former glory” in a $500,000 project planned for theChristmas period.

SPEND UP: A repair and refurbishment project is planned for the Bathurst Courthouse during the court recess over the Christmas period.

Stone work prepared by Property NSW stonemasonsat the Alexandria Stone Yard in Sydney will be transported to Bathurst and put in place during the court recess.

The news about the big spend on the CBD icon comes after the announcement of aboost in funding to the NSW Minister for Finance and Property’sStone Program.

“The main focus of the project is to restore the building’s portico to its former glory, with additional repair work to take place as well,” a Property NSW spokesperson said.

The repair and refurbishment project will include work on the underground stormwater drainage around the entry portico and elsewhere, and repair orreplacement of stone at the base of that entry area.

“A small archaeological assessment will be carried outonthe site in the areas to be disturbed by the underground works to capture information for any future works on the building,” the spokesperson said.

The refurbishments are due to be completed in January 2017.

In announcinga $2 million boost in funding to the Minister’s Stone Program, the NSW Government said thefunding would support heritage restoration projects including the Sydney Hospital façade, Art Gallery of NSW and Bathurst Courthouse.

“The dedicated team of men and women in the stonemasons unit craft ancient stone using traditional and modern methods, and they will continue that vital work, while also providing expert advice on stone and maintenance to other agencies,”Minister for Finance, Services and PropertyDominic Perrottet said.

Bathurst’s Victorian free classical style courthouse complex was constructed from 1877-1880 and was designed by the colonial architect James Barnet.

The current Bathurst Courthouse replaced three earlier courthouse buildings.

The last was demolished before 1880 to make way for the forecourt to the new courthouse.

The complex is on the State Heritage Register and the register of the National Estate.

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