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.
Section one of the Lake Macquarie Transport Interchange has been opened, providing a major boost to motorists in the region.
A dangerous intersection in Rosedale that has seen trucks crash into the barrier surrounding the local pub on numerous occasions is set to be completely redesigned.
Works to revitalise more than 1,000 kilometres of Victoria’s rail freight network will begin within weeks after the McConnell Dowell Martinus Rail joint venture was announced as the successful tenderer for the project.
A million dollar upgrade to a boating facility at Packers Camp, Redbank Road has now been completed just in time for the June/July school holidays.
The new Charles Street bus bridge and busway has officially opened to the public. The new transport infrastructure will benefit more than 30 northern suburbs bus services, saving up to six minutes on peak hour trips.