Adaptive Reuse – Temora Railway Station
State heritage listed Temora Railway Station was given a new lease of life, once again playing a central role in Temora’s social fabric. Refurbishment of the building was completed in March, 2016 allowing a derelict and forgotten relic to be adaptively reused as a youth centre, visitor facilities, exhibition, performance area and rail museum.
The Temora Railway Station had fallen into a state of disrepair, due to long term disuse following closure of the passenger services at Temora in the c1980s. It’s future was and a group of concerned representatives from Temora Shire Council worked together with John Holland Group (as property manager and agent for the asset owner Transport for NSW) to evaluate future alternative uses and processes to get the building back to a usable state for the community.
During these discussions, it was decided that the Temora Shire Council would enter into a lease agreement to self-manage the railway precinct for a period of 10 years.
Temora Shire Council sought funding through the Office of Environment & Heritage Major Works grant programme and was fortunate to receive $100,000 towards the building works. Both the Temora Shire Council and Transport for NSW contributed towards the project financially ($50,000 from Transport for NSW) and both provided in-kind services. The funding guidelines stated that the building works were to be completed by April, 2016.
Additionally, the Temora Youth Council was given a grant, through NSW State Government Club Grants Funding for Youth initiatives at Platform Y, of $110,993. This assisted in completing some of the internal refurbishment of the refreshment room and purchasing of goods to be utilised for youth events.
Completing the building works was a stepping stone in assisting with the activation of the site as a community precinct, the continued interpretation of the railway site and the collation of historical artefacts.
The Station Master Offices, Ticketing rooms and Platform are at the location of the Temora Railway Museum and Platform Y (Youth Services/Committee) is located in the Refreshment rooms.
The railway building is connected with a beautifully manicured forecourt area, with the erection of a sound shell for future entertainment or events. This forecourt area is linked to a popular park and recreation area known as Federal Park. The newly developed railway precinct is truly a great facility to accommodate for all ages and all interests of the community. The site is also RV friendly and accommodates self-contained vehicles and is a ‘free camp’ site.
A newly formed “Temora Railway Museum Historical Committee” has a strong contingent of members and is made up of rail enthusiasts, ex-rail employees, present employees and local historians. The Youth Committee also has a strong membership, with meetings and get-together’s on a weekly basis guided by Councils Youth Officer.
The community has embraced this newly rejuvenated hub of Temora with various events being held at the site, with a strong following and community involvement.
The active Temora Railway Museum Historical Committee is continuing with the interpretation of the remainder of the railway site which includes workers cottages, mills and the site of the ex-turntable, plus any folklore or quirky rail stories. The committee had a vision of developing an interpretive walking track, which incorporates interpretation signage and beautification (i.e. plantings/seating). This continued foresight and planning has resulted in the committee receiving a grant from the NSW State Government Heritage Near Me Funding of $53,500. This is will be another added feature to the site.
The Temora community relishes on this adaptive reuse and have returned a once vibrant location back to its former glory. Temora Shire is very proud of this unique adaptive reuse!
What the Judges said:
“After years of disuse and disrepair this building has been reactivated. With funding help Temora Shire Council has provided a youth centre, visitor facilities, exhibition and performance area as well as a railway museum in this outstanding building.”