CONSTRUCTION has begun on Queenscliff’s new hub, reviving the town’s community space after receiving support from all levels of government.
Contractors completed major demolition works at the Hesse Street location, with the redevelopment of the historical museum, library and visitor centre now under way.
The $5.75 million project attracted Victorian Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney, Senator Sarah Henderson and Corangamite federal member Libby Coker to the turning of the first sod on Thursday last week.
Ms Tierney, who represented Bellarine MP Lisa Neville said the cross-generational project would help bind the community.
“I know that my colleague, Lisa Neville, is very passionate about this project and continues to follow progress on what will be a tremendous shared asset for the community. We’re working hard to make sure Victoria’s regional communities have the infrastructure and services they need to create jobs and make our regional towns and cities even better places to live, work and invest – and this project is a key example of that commitment.”
The project was made possible with a $4.2 million investment from the state government, $1.4 million from the federal government and the remainder contributed by the Borough of Queenscliffe.
“Everyone has worked together to deliver infrastructure that will stand the test of time,” Ms Tierney said.
The project aims to rejuvenate three treasured community assets and will become a focal point for the Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale communities.
Ms Coker said the project, once completed, would be a fantastic addition to the town and a drawcard for visitors.
“I’m thrilled the museum will finally have a place to display Queenscliff’s maritime past.
“I know the community- which has one of the oldest demographics in the state, will embrace the state of art facilities and make use of the library.”
During the construction phase, up to 60 regional jobs will be generated through the appointment of contractor ResiCare.
Ms Henderson said the project had been in talks since her time as a local member more than 10 years ago.
“I have great love for Queenscliff and the incredible contribution the museum has played on the broader community and regional Victoria,” she said.
The federal funding has come from the Coalition Government’s Better Building Better Regions Fund, which is investing $1.04 billion from 2017-2024 into regional projects that will create jobs and drive economic growth.
“After the last 12 months we are excited to deliver up to 60 construction jobs, using local trades,” Ms Henderson said.
“Our economic recovery has been a huge focus for the Morrison Government.”
The final design was a result of extensive community engagement which will incorporate the existing heritage facade of the library and town centre, while providing a modern interior.
The state-of-the-art design was completed by Kerstin Thompson Architects and includes facilities such as public seating, bike parking and a new bus shelter.
Borough mayor Ross Ebbels said the new facility had been designed alongside the community and the three organisations that will occupy the space.
“The Queenscliffe Hub will give the historical museum, library and visitor information centre the facilities they need to continue delivering outstanding services,” he said.
“I’m excited to formally mark the beginning of construction work today, and I want to thank our partners from the Victorian and Australian governments.”