The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with delivering the Ararat Arts Precinct redevelopment, with tenders currently being assessed and an architect for the transformational project due to be announced in the next month.
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford today joined members of the Project Control Group, Art Gallery Advisory Committee members and volunteers at the Ararat Town Hall to provide an update on this important project.
Ms Pulford said the Labor Government was participating in monthly discussions with the Project Control Group and was currently reviewing the Architectural Services Tender and the Communications and Media tender, which closed in late September.
The successful architect will be announced in the next month, with construction due to start in 2016.
The redevelopment project will include works at the Ararat Regional Art Gallery and the Ararat Performing Arts Centre, based in the Ararat Town Hall. It will breathe new life into the historic building and create a modern focal point for the region’s art exhibitions and activities.
With more flexible exhibition spaces, the gallery’s curators will be able to innovate with exhibition presentation and installation, leading to an improved visitor experience.
The new facility will include improved access for people of all abilities, a new cafe, bar, box office and foyer area, new toilets, co-located office space and new storage facilities. Repairs will be made to the gardens, car parks and driveways.
The Labor Government has provided $3.7 million from the $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund towards the $5.9 million project, co-funded by Ararat Rural City Council.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“This project will breathe new life into the Ararat Town Hall and attract art-lovers from across the state – and we’re getting on with delivering it.”
"Over the course of construction, this project will bring jobs, growth and investment to the region, and once complete, the Precinct will be home to diverse arts activities all year round, leading to an increase in visitation to the city and region.”
“Supporting projects like these is the aim of our $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund which will support major projects, create jobs and build stronger regional communities.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020