Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

$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.