Future of Beechworth Platelayers Cottage

Submissions closed on 30 April 2019, 05:00 PM


The Platelayer’s Cottage is located besides the Senior Citizen’s building in Harper Avenue, Beechworth.  Also referred to as the Caretaker’s Cottage, the former Platelayers’ Cottage is associated with the construction of the 1876 Beechworth branch railway line and is a building of historic significance in Beechworth.

The cottage is currently vacant and in a state of disrepair and was boarded up some time ago. It requires urgent works to restore the integrity of the building including restumping, roof repairs and other works if the building is to be retained.

Council has allocated $180,000 in its current capital budget to potentially restore this building, but the retention of this building is subject to further consideration by Council. The future of the building will be considered at an upcoming Council Meeting prior to this we would like to gather community opinion prior to making a decision regarding the buildings future.

Coinciding with this consultation, Indigo Shire Council has released the Draft Beechworth Railway Precinct Management Plan for public comment. The Platelayers Cottage is located within the boundaries of the Railway Precinct. The draft plan outlines a vision for the management of the precinct with designated activity areas to guide future development including: Active Recreation, Activity Space, Open Space and Future Parking. 

The draft plan can be viewed here and any comments emailed to info@indigoshire.vic.gov.au or by calling 1300 365 003 by 24 April 2019.


Heritage report

A report outlining the history and condition of the Platelayers cottage was prepared by Council's Heritage Advisor. This report is available for view here(PDF, 38KB).

Frequently asked questions

See our frequently asked questions to assist you in making an informed submission regarding the future of the building.

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Should the Beechworth Platelayers Cottage be retained or demolished?


Latest update

Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey about the future of the Beechworth Platelayers Cottage.

On the Ordinary Council meeting on 25 June, Council considered future use of the Platelayers Cottage, taking into account heritage considerations, estimated refurbishment costs, economic evaluation and community feedback via the survey.

At the meeting, Council resolved not to retain the Platelayers Cottage for long-term lease as a property available for lease in commercial terms. Council also did not approve expenditure to be included in the 2019/20 Budget.

Based on this decision, we are now investigating other options for the potential restoration of the building.

To view the minutes from the Council meeting go to:



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