Standing up for Canberra

Federal Government funds restoration of fire devastated historic home at Mt Stromlo

Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann MP, today announced that the Federal Labor Government will fund the restoration of the Mt Stromlo Director’s Residence, devastated by the 2003 Canberra Bushfires.

Ms Brodtmann has announced that the ANU will be the recipient of two grants under the Government’s ‘Your Community Heritage Program’ totalling $522,000.00. 

The grants will fund the restoration of the Mt Stromlo Director’s Cottage, and the development of an interactive heritage trail and 'app' to engage visitors and communicate the scientific and cultural heritage of the Mt Stromlo Observatory site.

The two projects are both designed to make the historic site more accessible to the public.

The Director’s Residence, built between 1925 and1929 and destroyed in the 2003 Canberra Bushfires, will be restored to a “managed ruin,” enabling visitors to get a feeling both for the original grandeur of the building, and the powerful destruction of the fires.

“The Mt Stromlo Observatory is a working and productive research facility and an important piece of Canberra’s cultural and scientific history.”

“These grants will provide the public with better access to this magnificent historical site.”

“Importantly, the Residence will remain a monument to the 2003 Bushfires, which so devastated this area, and claimed the lives of four Canberrans.”

Ms Brodtmann was joined by ANU Vice Chancellor Professor Ian Young in making the announcement.