BLUNT’S BOATBUILDING HERITAGE JETTY TO BE RESTORED

The Andrews Labor Government is restoring one of Williamstown’s much loved heritage assets, Blunt Boat Builders on Nelson Place.

Member for Williamstown, the Hon. Wade Noonan MP, today announced a $115,000 grant from the Labor Government’s Living Heritage Program, to help repair and partially reconstruct the historic jetty.

Blunt Boat Builders is a fine example of the many small scale boat building and repairing businesses which have operated on the Williamstown foreshore from the 1850s on. The use, equipment and layout of the yard have largely remain unchanged, giving the many school and community groups who visit the site a rare insight into how these businesses operated more than a century ago.

The Blunt family boat building business has operated continuously in Williamstown since the 1880s, and in Victoria since the 1850s. The business is still proudly owned and operated by the Blunt family.

Our local heritage is our history – it enriches our experiences, reflects the community’s sense of cultural identity, sense of place and creates a great sense of pride.

The $38.5 million Living Heritage Grants Program is the biggest boost to heritage assets in Victorian history, funding the repair and restoration of iconic venues all over the state.
Applications for the next round of the Contested Grants stream of the Living Heritage Program will open in early 2019.

Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan MP

“Greg Blunt jokingly describes his family’s attachmentto the boat building industry as worthy of heritage listing.”

“Walking through the front door of this business is like stepping back in time. Many of the boats being restored at Blunt’s were originally built there.”

“This heritage grant will do more than restore an old jetty, it will maintain a vital part of Williamstown’s history.”