Shire opens doors to fruit growing history in Somerville

Published on 11 October 2018

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Mornington Peninsula Shire, together with the Somerville, Tyabb and District Heritage Society, has officially opened the new historical display shed at Fruit Growers Reserve in Somerville.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said the Shire is proud to have been able to contribute over $214,000 towards not only upgrade the existing shed, but also additional improvement works at Fruit Growers Reserve.

“The Somerville and Tyabb Heritage Society’s work is an important aspect of preserving the memory of our fruit growing history.

“This upgrade has provided the society with an enclosed shed, that has more space for displays and more working area to maintain the machinery”.

The society originally operated out of a deteriorating open-air machinery shed at the reserve to display historic fruit growing machinery to the public.

The new shed includes secure viewing windows, roller-doors, a kitchenette, a toilet and minor landscaping and service upgrades.

PICTURE CAPTION: Mayor Bryan Payne and Cerberus Ward Councillor Kate Roper with members of the Somerville, Tyabb and District Heritage Society at the official opening of the new historical display shed at Fruit Growers Reserve in Somerville.