Sale of the Century: New cultural centre unveiled in Gippsland

Media Release

JM009/2018

27 January 2018

Joint release with:

Carolyn Crossley

Mayor of Wellington Shire Council

Darren Chester

Federal Member for Gippsland

  • Port of Sale precinct redevelopment is officially opened
  • The hub showcases the historic Port of Sale and creates a new civic space
  • Coalition Government invested $4.5 million towards the $14.6 million project

A new cultural destination has opened in Victoria following the revitalisation of Gippsland's historic Port of Sale.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the new Port of Sale precinct would enhance the vibrancy of the region.

“This new precinct has created an all-ages community destination, extending the existing space, creating a forecourt and plaza area and even a new skate park,” Dr McVeigh said.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the new cultural centre enhanced the area for residents and visitors, with a new regional art gallery, public library, visitor information centre, café, community spaces and free Wi-Fi.

“This project has created 45 jobs in the community, including 17 ongoing roles, and has created a major cultural centre incorporating existing facilities, such as The Wedge performing arts centre,” Mr Chester said.

“What we've created here is a new destination for locals and visitors alike of which we can all be very proud.”

Mayor of Wellington Shire Council Carolyn Crossley said it was great to see all three levels of government working together with the community and local organisations to deliver the project.

“We are proud to celebrate this much anticipated opening of the revitalised Port of Sale. We are thrilled at how the interior of the centre has been transformed into a light, modern public space and how the whole precinct ties in together,” Cr Crossley said.

The Coalition Government contributed $4.5 million toward the $14.6 million project, the Victorian Government $4.75 million, Wellington Shire Council $3.805 million, The John Leslie Foundation $1.53 million and Esso Australia Resources Pty Ltd $30,000.