Work on the Elmhurst Hall refurbishment, one of the key infrastructure projects outlined in Ararat Rural City Council’s 2019/2020 Budget, will begin by the end of the year once tenders are awarded.
Ararat Rural City Mayor Cr Peter Beales said the project would cost $350,000, all of which was being funded by Council.
“The Council – along with the community – believes it is vital to invest in our local facilities such as halls in rural areas, as they are often right at the centre of our smaller townships,” Cr Beales said.
“The Elmhurst Hall redevelopment will bring the facility up to building and accessibility standards, providing a much-needed revamp and ensure 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.
Cr Beales 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. It is hoped the work would begin in October with a completion date in the first half of next year.
Photo above: Ararat Rural City Council Mayor Cr Peter Beales (centre) with Elmhurst Hall Committee members Marg and John Rivett.