Blunt Boat Builders in Williamstown will receive a $115,000 grant from the Living Heritage Program, to help repair and partially reconstruct its historic jetty, the State Government has announced.
The Blunt family boat building business has operated continuously in Williamstown since the 1880s, and in Victoria since the 1850s. The business is still proudly owned and operated by the Blunt family.
In true Wade Noonan style, the honourable Member for Williamstown delivered the news in person, bringing with him his confetti confidante and Labor Candidate for Williamstown Melissa Horne to celebrate.
“Walking through the front door of this business is like stepping back in time. Many of the boats being restored at Blunt’s were originally built there. This grant will do more than restore an old jetty, it will maintain a vital part of Williamstown’s history,” Mr Noonan said.
Blunt Boats’ fifth-generation owner Greg Blunt said the grant funds half of the restoration works, the other half funded by the business, to maintain the historical significance of the building and enable them to continue providing enriched cultural experiences to visitors.
“It’s a terrific outcome. People love this place. We do about 6-8 group tours per year. The tours are about an hour long and we use the jetty as a platform to allow people to walk along and have a better look at the boats,” Mr Blunt said.
“Thank you very much to Wade Noonan and the State Government. I think they’ve made a good decision, of course. It’s for the benefit of the general public as well. It’s a good outcome.”
The $115,000 grant for the Blunt Boat Builders building in Williamstown is part of a $38.5 million Living Heritage Grants Program that funds the repair and restoration of iconic venues all over the state.