Arts precinct taking shape

Posted Friday 20 April, 02:45pm

Ararat’s new-look arts precinct is beginning to emerge from behind scaffolding, with major construction works on track for completion at the end of May.

Ararat Rural City Council CEO Allan Bawden said the final stage of the $7.948 million revamp was beginning to emerge as plasterers and joiners moved in.

Recent works have seen the main Town Hall entrance ramp installed with the foyer refurbishment now almost complete.

Mr Bawden said joinery works for the bar and box office were now being crafted and the new kitchen area was being finalised.

“This has been an incredibly complex project that has had to take account of 120 year-old infrastructure and many historically significant features,” he said.

“Many of the changes won’t be immediately apparent to visitors – things such as about 30 kilometres of new electrical wiring and improved storage areas.

“But collectively, the result will be a stylish and contemporary space that pays homage to the Town Hall’s rich history.”

Mr Bawden said the gallery and performing arts programs were scheduled to recommence in early August 2018

The Ararat Arts Precinct redevelopment has been funded via a partnership between the Victorian Government, the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund, the regional community and philanthropic organisations and Ararat Rural City Council.