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.
A new fire station for South Warrandyte has been officially opened by Emergency Services Minister James Merlino. The new $6.8m building is staffed 24 hours a day and will help the brigade deal with increased demand.
Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that Wangaratta Hospital will receive $15.2 million in redevelopment funds through the Labor Government’s new Regional Health Infrastructure Fund.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced that the contract for Ipswich Motorway’s Stage 1 works has been awarded to the Bielby Hull Albem Joint Venture.
Southbound Traffic between Foster and Robert Road on the Bruce Highway will now have access to two new southbound lanes after construction works on the lanes were completed at Skeleton Creek.
Construction has officially commenced on Adelaide’s tallest residential apartment development, with ground broken today at the site of the project.