6. The Stick Shed Moving Forward

Eventually, as time passed a compromise was reached between local economic progress and maintaining tangible heritage. The local interest groups managed to gain funds for urgent repairs to the deteriorating building.

Slowly momentum increased and the Stick Shed gained recognition as a heritage building that could function within an active and regionally important grain storage facility.

The Stick Shed as you see it today remains fully protected, it was added to the Australian Heritage List in 2014 as entry number 101. The National Trust was the prime instigator assisted by Heritage Victoria and supported by the Yarriambiack Shire Council. This is recognition of a significant part of Australia’s history associated with the wheat industry and the impact of World War Two on the home front.

The Stick Shed Committee of Management was formed under the Government of Victoria’s Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning in 2016 and as a result the Stick Shed is now managed locally, employing three staff. 

The Committee of Management’s Mission Statement is “To preserve the Stick Shed in a good and safe condition for the long term; and to promote the Stick Shed as a significant heritage attraction, bringing visitors to the local community.”  

Your visit to the Stick Shed supports the protection of this piece of Australia’s heritage for future generations.

Be sure to spread the word about Murtoa’s Stick Shed.