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.
Major construction has officially commenced on the $929.3 million Bruce Highway Upgrade—Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway project, which will increase safety and ease congestion for around 40,000 motorists who use the route daily.
The new $109 million Aquatic and Recreation Centre, known as Cockburn ARC, has been officially opened, with the State Government expecting the facility to pay social and economic dividends for the region.
Work on new tracks that will carry trams around the massive Domain construction site will ramp up next month as part of the Andrews Labor Government $11 billion Metro Tunnel Project.
Nearly $6 million will be invested to upgrade stations across the south-east Queensland rail network by the State Government as part of its plan to fix the trains and improve the Queensland Rail network.
The Palaszczuk Government will be ensuring that sizable mines across the state are properly rehabilitated, protecting the environment and creating more jobs in the resource services industry.