IT SEEMS even the rats and mice are keen for a change at Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village.
A report in this week’s city council agenda says a fire which destroyed the Warrnambool Examiner newspaper office and badly damaged the adjoining fire station on October 4 was suspected to have been caused by an electrical wiring malfunction, possibly caused by rodents.
The Warrnambool tourist attraction faces an uncertain future in a challenging market.
A suggested redevelopment masterplan has been put out for public comment before the council again considers how to set the village on a profitable course.
The main suggested option includes removal of admission charges from the village area, adding more on-site accommodation, removing the Rowitta display boat, expanding commercial boat building operations and easier access and expanded footpath links, including a bridge over Pertobe Road to Cannon Hill.
Copies of the report are available on the council’s website, at the civic centre and visitor information office.
Site tours have been organised for the community at 1pm on March 12 and 16 and 7pm on March 19.