WITH the old Port of Sale Civic Centre now a blank canvas ready for redevelopment, Wellington Shire Council has presented a first look at the confirmed designs.
The building’s redevelopment into the Port of Sale Cultural Hub includes a new Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale Library, Wellington Shire Library headquarters, visitor information centre, council chamber, broad use community spaces and café.
Wellington Shire mayor Darren McCubbin said the designs aligned closely with input provided by the community in the past few years.
“Council values all of the ideas and suggestions made by our residents through the development of this exciting project,” he said.
“One of the main reasons we chose the architects for the project was their exemplary record of seeking and heeding community feedback.
“We are incredibly proud to present these community-led designs.
“The building will be a wonderful multi-purpose community space.
“It incorporates light, bright open spaces and the incredible central feature of the wide steps leading up from the Port of Sale which will no doubt become a favourite meeting place for our residents.”
The inclusion of the Sale Visitor Information Centre in the redevelopment, according to Cr McCubbin, meant not only would local residents make use of the facility, but visitors would also benefit.
“Increasing visitor numbers is positive for our entire region, bringing tourism dollars in addition to making it very well known that Wellington is indeed a welcoming, vibrant and truly wonderful place to live, work and play,” he said.
“This facility leads the revitalisation of the Port of Sale, which also includes redevelopment of the port precinct, thanks to the significant investment of both state and federal government.”
Funding for the project comprises $4.5 million from the federal government’s National Stronger Regions Fund; $4.75 million from the state government’s Regional Growth Fund and Living Libraries Infrastructure Fund; $1.5 million from the John Leslie Foundation; and $2.95 million from council.
“With designs confirmed, we can now visualise the redevelopment and imagine how wonderful this space will be when it’s complete,” Cr McCubbin said.