Construction works have started on the new Queenscliffe Hub, set to transform the town’s historical museum, library and visitor information centre into a thriving community space, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government.
Duty MP Gayle Tierney today represented Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville to turn the sod on the project, alongside representatives from the Borough of Queenscliffe and the local community.
The project has been made possible through an investment of $4.2 million from the Labor Government.
The new Hub is set to become a focal point for the Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale communities, while the construction phase will help generate 80 regional jobs through the appointment of contractor ResiCare.
The project will rejuvenate three treasured community assets and increase floor space at the library, museum and visitor information centre. When complete, the hub will also provide outdoor options for meetings and activities through a revitalised Field Park space at the front of the building and an outdoor learning space at the back.
The local community and the building’s tenants were engaged in the design process. The final designs were completed by Kerstin Thompson Architects – an award-winning company highly regarded for their work in designing community spaces sympathetic to heritage architecture and the environment.
The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Government’s flagship Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund which helps businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, supports community projects, and assists councils to deliver cultural initiatives of economic significance to the region.
The Borough of Queenscliffe and the Federal Government have also contributed to the project.
Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“I know that my colleague, Member for Bellarine 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.”
Quote attributable to Mayor of the Borough of Queenscliffe Cr Ross Ebbels
“The Queenscliffe Hub will give the historical museum, library and visitor information centre the facilities they need to continue delivering outstanding services. I’m excited to see construction commencing on this important project.”