$3 Million Warehouse—Clunes Opens

Media Release

WT048/2014

29 March 2014

Joint release with:

Michael Ronaldson

Senator for Victoria

Simon Ramsay

Victorian Member for Western Victoria

Don Henderson

Hepburn Shire Council Mayor

Doors to The Warehouse—Clunes were opened to local residents for the first time today after a $3 million construction project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said that the Australian Government had contributed more than $2.7 million towards the redevelopment.

“Another $1 billion has been allocated for investment in regional areas across Australia under the National Stronger Regions Fund,” Mr Truss said.

Senator for Victoria and Patron Senator for Ballarat, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson, represented Mr Truss at the event. He said that The Warehouse—Clunes will provide ongoing economic benefits to the community into the future.

“This project will continue to raise this historical town's profile as a unique tourist destination.

“It will deliver benefits to Clunes in the form of local jobs and tourism spending,” Senator Ronaldson said.

Victorian Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay said the project was a prime example of three levels of government working together to help regional communities.

“As Victoria's first gold town, Clunes is rich with history and the expansion of the Clunes Museum as part of The Warehouse puts this on show for all,” Mr Ramsay said.

Hepburn Shire Mayor Don Henderson said that the new space provided a much needed resource for local residents.

“The works have involved refurbishing the old museum and constructing a new library, community meeting space and exhibition space,” Cr Henderson said.

“It provides a functional community space which is flexible enough to host a range of activities including community meetings and exhibitions.”

The Warehouse—Clunes upgrade was funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments, the Hepburn Shire Council and the Clunes Museum.