Site visits from Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney marked the progress of the much-loved Wollaston Bridge and the completed irrigation works at Mack Oval.
Restoration of Wollaston Bridge is one step closer after stage one works wrapped up.
The State Government contributed $195,000 from the Living Heritage Program towards the repair of the local landmark, with Warrnambool City Council contributing an additional $100,000.
Ms Tierney remarked how important it is to maintain local structures.
"The project is about making sure the next generation understand the history of the area which encompasses the need to restore structures like this," she said.
"The bridge is unique in itself which is why it is loved by the locals. They have a deep love for the structure, its history and what it represents.
"It's a conversation starter and the gateway to the community."
To mark the completion of stage one representatives from Warrnambool City Council, Friends of the Wollaston Bridge, Warrnambool and District historical society and contractors L and H Van Kampden gathered at the site on Friday.
Stage one was a three month process and consisted of replacing the foundation beams. As the timber arrives for stage two, the bridge makeover will include a renewal of the deck before the builders go underneath to replace any old timber.
Mayor Tony Herbert was pleased with how the bridge was advancing.
"The people of Warrnambool have grown up with this bridge and love it," he said.
"It's been here for generation after generation - it's part of our historical fabric and the restorations will ensure that continues.
"These developments really open up the area for further growth."
First built in 1890 the bridge facilitated access across the Merri River but today has only pedestrian and cycling access.
Resident Pat Gleeson said he was thrilled the bridge would continue to be a vital part of the community.
"I used to drive my Morris 850 across this bridge and before it was built the community was a bit like an island," he said.
The restoration of Wollaston Bridge is set to be completed in November.
While in town, Ms Tierney opened the state-of-the-art automated irrigation system at Mack Oval.
The manually operated system has been replaced after a grant of $90,000 from the State Government's Community Sports Infrastructure Fund was announced in February 2018.
"This investment is a real win for the clubs, the members and the environment," she said.
"We're proud to play our part in delivering this important infrastructure."
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