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Preserving Our Heritage: Fannie Bay Gaol Restoration Works Complete

Major conservation works to the heritage-listed Fannie Bay Gaol are complete, along with work designed to open up the inside of the Gaol to public view, and improve visitor comfort.

Chief Minister, Michael Gunner said the Government’s $1.09 million investment will ensure this important site is maintained for generations to come.

Works began in February 2018, with local contractor C & R Constructions awarded the tender to deliver conservation works.

Works included repairs to 16 of the 20 buildings, landscaping to reduce storm water undermining slabs and pathways, bar, lock and door repairs as well as intricate repairs and preservation to the stonework.

Visibility into the Gaol from the road has improved with 20 metres of west-facing fencing mesh installed. This also allows cool breezes through the site, making it more appealing to visitors.

The Fannie Bay Gaol opened in September 1883, and was the main prison for almost 100 years until its closure in 1979, when prisoners were transferred to the then new Berrimah Correctional Facility. 

The Gaol attracts around 18,000 visitors to the site each year, and is an important part of the Territory’s rich history.

Fannie Bay Gaol is a Northern Territory-owned, heritage-listed property, managed by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

Quotes from the Chief Minister, Michael Gunner

“Our number one priority is creating local jobs. This is why are investing in the Territory’s tourism assets. 

“The conservation works have been done by a local construction company and have created 43 jobs for Territorians. 

“Fannie Bay Gaol attracts thousands of visitors to the site each year and is an important part of the Territory’s history.”

Media Contact: Cameron Angus 0404 021 192