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Arts and Culture

Builder Secured for Barwon Heads Arts and Community Hub

Geelong-based company Plan Group has been awarded the contract to build the much-anticipated Barwon Heads Arts and Community Hub, backed by the Victorian Government.

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today announced that works have begun on the project, which has been supported by $1 million from the Victorian Government. 

The hub will see the transformation of the former kindergarten site on Clifford Parade into a communal space for artists and community members, supporting creative talent and strengthening the local arts industry.

Plan Group has extensive experience in a range of large construction projects including the recently completed West Oval Redevelopment contracted by the City of Greater Geelong.

Another Geelong-based company Four18 Architects designed the plans for the new building which has been widely supported by the community and City of Greater Geelong.

The hub’s refurbishment will include an update of the existing building, development of an outdoor space and upgrades to parking facilities.

Once complete, it is expected the new space will support all local artists from the visual arts, to music, drama, theatre, dance, poetry and literature.

The project is part of the Government’s commitment to make the Bellarine Peninsula an even better place to live, work, visit and invest.

This project was a key election commitment in 2018 and is part of the Victorian Government’s almost $30 billion investment across regional and rural Victoria since 2015.

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Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

“The Bellarine Peninsula has a vibrant arts community, and if there is one thing the last year has shown us it’s the importance of a connected community. This hub will serve as a new place for locals to visit and share experiences.”

“We are supporting regional communities to thrive and that’s why we will continue to deliver projects that create jobs and make our regional towns and cities even better places to live, work and invest.”