Elmhurst Hall redevelopment

Work on the Elmhurst Hall refurbishment, one of the key infrastructure projects outlined in the Ararat Rural City Council’s 2019/2020 Budget, will being by the end of the year after tenders are awarded.

Council CEO Dr Tim Harrison said the project would cost $350,000, all of which was being funded by Council.

“The Council believes – along with the community – it is vital to invest in our local facilities such as community halls as they are often right at the centre of our smaller townships,” Dr Harrison said.

“The Elmhurst Hall redevelopment will bring the facility up to building and accessibility standards, providing a much-needed revamp and ensuring the hall is functional for many years into the future.”

The hall refurbishment will include a fully accessible ramp to the main front doors, and new toilets including an all-abilities facility, baby change room and shower.

Dr Harrison 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.”

The Council is currently finalising documents before advertising the tender for the work. Dr Harrison said he hoped work would begin in October with a completion date in the first half of next year.