After many months of filling buckets and mopping floors, re-roofing has finally been commissioned for the historic Clarendon House at Evandale in Northern Tasmania.
Under the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package, the Federal Government has promised $261,000 towards the project, in a bid to preserve the heritage icon, but $70,000 is still needed to see the job completed.
In a bold gesture of generosity, Rod Force, partner of Nest Property, kicked off a crowd-funding campaign by donating $1,000.
Mr Force said structures such as Clarendon House are a part of our social history, and need to be preserved for future generations to enjoy.
“I have enjoyed visiting Clarendon House over the years. It’s a treasure trove of antique furniture in grand rooms, stables and out-houses set in stately grounds by the meandering South Esk River,” Mr Force said.
National Trust Chairman, Dario Tomat, said the Trust is delighted local businesses, such as Nest Property are supporting their cause.
“Our aim is to ensure a sustainable future for Clarendon House and to protect it as one of Tasmania’s most important historical assets,” Mr Tomat said.
The Clarendon House roof was last repaired in 1880, meaning the new roof is only the third roof in the property’s 200 years.
Once the roof is repaired, water damage to some of the upstairs rooms can be rectified and the property will continue to undergo its ongoing program of rejuvenation to return it to its former glory.
While the re-roofing and water damage repairs are carried out, the Trust will also be working on plans to enhance the visitor experience at Clarendon and maximize its potential as a venue for public, private and corporate events.
If you wish to support the National Trust by donating towards the new roof, visit, www.chuffed.org/project/raisetheroof.