The Elmhurst Hall refurbishment will begin by the end of this year after council outlined it as one of the key infrastructure projects in its 2019/2020 Budget.
Ararat Rural City Mayor Cr Peter Beales said the project would cost $350,000, all of which will be funded by Council – with work to begin once tenders are awarded.
The Council – along with the community – believes it is vital to invest in our local facilities such as halls in rural areas, as they are often right at the centre of our smaller townships,” Cr Beales said.
The refurbishment includes the installation of accessible ramps to the front doors and revamped new toilet facilities, baby change rooms and showers.
“The Elmhurst Hall redevelopment will bring the facility up to building and accessibility standards, providing a much-needed revamp and ensure the hall is functional for many years into the future.”
Cr Beales said the refurbishment plans have been developed with the Elmhurst Hall Committee, architect Morton Dunn and Council officers.
“The Council gathered feedback on the plans from the community during June to ensure the plans meet users’ needs.”
“We are really keen to see this project come to fruition, and so are Elmhurst and district residents.”
It is hoped that that work will commence in October and should be completed in the first half of next year.