New purpose for Inglewood's iconic town hall building

Media Release

WT333/2015

16 October 2015

Joint release with:

Jaala Pulford

Victorian Minister for Regional Development

Gavan Holt

Mayor Loddon Shire Council

Sharman Stone

Federal Member for Murray

Maree Edwards

State Member for Bendigo West

Work starts today on the Inglewood Community Hub, with Federal Member for Murray Dr Sharman Stone helping to turn the first sod on the project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government will contribute $500,000 towards the $2.3 million project.

“The redevelopment of the under-utilised town hall into a new community and business hub will provide the community with modern facilities to house small businesses and community services,” Mr Truss said.

Dr Stone said that council was to be congratulated for restoring and renovating the historic town hall building rather than leave it to deteriorate.

“The Inglewood Community Hub project will be great for the local community and economy by supporting conferences, community meetings and services and tourism opportunities in the area,” Dr Stone said.

Victorian Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford, who was represented today by State Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards, said the Victorian Government has invested $900,000 towards the project.

“Extensive renovations to the town hall will include upgrading the kitchen, rooftop terrace and all internal rooms,” Ms Pulford said.

Ms Edwards said that a new two-tiered extension was also to be built, adding much needed space for the community and business hub.

“The new facility will include amenities rooms, storage and display spaces, along with a reception room, kitchenette, administration, meeting areas and a boardroom,” Ms Edwards said.

“Access to the facilities will be improved with new stairways, a lift and disabled access installed.”

Mayor of Loddon Shire Council Gavan Holt said he was pleased to see all levels of government partnering with local business and investing in the local region.

“This project has been a long time in the making and I am proud that we are restoring and re-purposing such an iconic part of the town's infrastructure,” Cr Holt said.

Construction starts today and is expected to be finished in August 2016.