The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to protect the Columbarium at the Box Hill Cemetery.

Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today announced a study to assess the condition of the iconic building. The study will identify what works are essential in order for the Columbarium to reopen to the public.

The study is possible thanks to a $25,000 Living Heritage Grants Program grant.

Built in 1929, the Columbarium represents an early and unusual way of storing cremated human remains at a time where it remained a minority practice. The repairs will ensure the public can once again enjoy this rare trip through time and see for themselves the inside of the Columbarium.

The project is one of 20 projects at Heritage sites across Victoria receiving funding under the Living Heritage Grants Program.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane

“We’re taking action to ensure the future of this iconic Box Hill site. Our heritage means so much to so many locals – it’s a reminder of our significant history and contributes to our sense of identity.”

“This work will protect these sites from further deterioration for years to come.”