Yarrawonga will soon have a thriving new arts and community space with work underway on a $700,000 restoration of the town’s historic station building, State Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes announced today.
Ms Symes said the works on the station building would be extensive, including replacement or restoration of the roof, walls, ceilings and floors.
“Work has already begun to transform the station building into a cultural and community centre for Yarrawonga,” Ms Symes said.
“The restoration will bring the 120 year old building back to life and make it part of the day-to-day activities of the Yarrawonga community once again.
“General repairs and painting will also be undertaken and accessible toilets and kitchenette will be installed.
“A fence will also be installed along the track side of the platform.
“I want to congratulate the local community who have campaigned hard to save the Yarrawonga Station building.
“The Andrews Labor Government wants to see regional communities thrive, and that’s what this project is all about,” Ms Symes said.
The works are expected to be completed by the end of April and the tenants for the new building will be Yarrawonga Mulwala Development Inc.
The restoration of the 120 year old Yarrawonga railway station building is part of the Community Use of Vacant Rail Buildings Program, which provides funding to transform disused rail buildings into affordable, usable spaces for local communities.
The Program is being managed by VicTrack, owners of Victoria’s rail land and assets, on behalf of Public Transport Victoria.
VicTrack has committed to making the platform at Yarrawonga Station available to passengers disembarking from the Southern Aurora on ANZAC Day. Works to the platform – re-asphalting, installing decking and a balustrade – will be complete, making the platform safe.
However, the extent of works required to the interior of the building, means that it may not be completed, and therefore open to the public by 25 April.
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