Shellharbour heritage building Yovelton updated

Facelift unveiled: Greg Potts, Brendon Fitzgerald, Uncle Gerald Brown, Marianne Saliba, Stewart Luland, Uncle Brian Green and Herbert Nash. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Facelift unveiled: Greg Potts, Brendon Fitzgerald, Uncle Gerald Brown, Marianne Saliba, Stewart Luland, Uncle Brian Green and Herbert Nash. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Works to renew Yovelton House - one of the oldest buildings in Shellharbour City - are now complete.

Shellharbour City Council spent $230,000 on what is believed to be the last remaining federation-era farmhouse in Albion Park Rail.

It was built on a 76-hectare lot by brother and sister Edwin and Ida Bonser and named after their mother's home village of Yeovilton in Somerset, England.

The building was constructed by Thomas Whitfield, who built houses at Dunmore for the James family and also a country retreat for Sir William McMillan, "Riverview", near the Macquarie Rivulet.

Shellharbour council bought the property in 1986 and it is currently used by the Koori Men's Group.

"This property provides a valuable link to our heritage and our future by accommodating services that benefit the people now and into the future within a structure built in the past," Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said.

"The men's group does a fantastic job in helping to provide support for Aboriginal men and their families."

The council said works included the construction of a new verandah room, new toilet and kitchenette, ceiling linings in the main building, demolition of a concrete balcony and construction of a new balcony made of blackbutt timber.

New gutters, downpipes, overflows and leaf guards have been installed in the main building roof, as well as a new under-floor mechanical ventilation system.

Asbestos wall sheeting was removed and minor building subsidence rectification works were completed, as were repairs to an existing stormwater line.

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