Historic precinct gets million-dollar upgrade

May 21, 2021 BY

Geelong councillor Peter Murrihy, Geelong MP Christine Couzens, Minister Mary-Anne Thomas, Barwon Paper Mill co-owner Alex Robins and Truffleduck director Hugh Palmer. Photo: SUPPLIED

THE state government is set to expand the historic Fyansford Paper Mill precinct to create new jobs in the region.

Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas announced the $1 million grant last week as a part of the Andrews Labor Government’s investment into the Geelong and Bellarine region.

Originally built in 1878, the Paper Mill has since emerged into an arts and cultural precinct while currently housing a winery, cellar door and restaurant, function and events space, art gallery, studios, mosaic workshops and a café.

Under the Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round, the Fyansford Mill will receive upgrades to the precinct’s septic and sewerage systems to enable the precinct to open to new businesses and tenants.

The precinct is currently home to Provenance Wines which sits above the Barwon River in a restored heritage listed bluestone building.

Fellow tenants Truffleduck will also benefit from the government’s investment into infrastructure allowing the catering and events business to increase its capacity and explore further growth.

Geelong MP Christine Couzens said the investment will enhance the region’s tourism industry.

“This upgrade will further strengthen Fyansford as a thriving arts, events, food and wine destination,” she said.

“That means more jobs and more tourists for Geelong, which is great for our economy.”

The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Labor Government’s $156 million investment to create regional jobs by supporting community projects and backing councils to build the infrastructure that locals and visitors need.

Ms Thomas said the stimulus round will boost economies as they continue to recover from the effects of the pandemic while improving long-term regional growth through tourism and community infrastructure.

“This project will deliver immediate benefits by creating jobs and increasing economic activity,” she said.

“This round of the Regional Infrastructure Fund will ensure Victoria continues to have our nation’s most vibrant regional economies.”

The second round of the funding program will open on June 16.

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