News Date: 19 Apr 2017
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford has today announced that a further $1.5 million would be provided for the Ararat Arts Precinct project, to go on top of the existing $5.2 million investment from the State Government.
The news coincides with the announcement that Nicholsons had been selected as the building firm responsible for building the precinct.
Ms Pulford today met with Ararat Rural City Council Mayor, Paul Hooper, and confirmed that the $7.73 million project would create 19 construction jobs and five full time jobs once complete.
Ararat’s historic Town Hall will be redeveloped, enhancing the Ararat Performing Arts Centre (APAC) and the Ararat Regional Art Gallery (ARAG), both housed in the building.
The project includes:
All existing spaces will be refurbished to make them accessible for people of all abilities. New glazing, insulation and climate controls will be installed to maximise building efficiency, and improvements will be undertaken to the loading bay, car parks and driveways.
The enhanced facilities, along with expanded display and storage spaces, will further Ararat’s reputation as a cultural tourism destination, capable of developing and attracting ambitious, blockbuster programs.
Construction will begin this month and is anticipated to be completed by mid-2018.
Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessey has recently openedthe new, $1.1 million Pakenham Ambulance Branch, located on Main Street Pakenham.
Construction is underway on a new state-of-the-art Victoria Police headquarters in Melbourne’s CBD..
Construction has officially begun on the $250 million North Queensland Stadium after a recent sod turning ceremony.
A new rest area providing parking for up to 20 B-doubles is now open on the Hume Highway at Murlo, near Mullengandra in southern New South Wales.
The Western Australian State Government has confirmed $1.8 million in funding will be available for the upcoming Waroona Housing Options Village project thanks to a $1.67 million grant from the Australian Government.