The Fryerstown Community Reserve Committee of Management was formed in August 2011 under the Crown Lands Reserves Act after the school had been vacant and neglected for a number of years.
Its vision to restore the school and to build and maintain good and strong relationships through using the school for a variety of purposes was formed in response to:
- changing circumstances – Fryerstown is an isolated small town which is experiencing considerable population and lifestyle change;
- community demand – local planning has identified the need for a community hub to harness the considerable talent, skill and dedication of long-term and new residents;
- tourism demand – improving accessibility to the Goldfields Track, a walking and mountain bike track connecting Ballarat and Bendigo via small towns like Fryerstown;
- interpretive opportunities – providing support for the Victorian Goldfields World Heritage bid focused on the Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park.
With the assistance of local tradespeople and experienced project management, grants, donations and volunteer effort, the initial building repair and restoration is complete within budget.
Funding is still required to develop the interpretive aspect of the facility, so any further contributions are very welcome.