WARRNAMBOOL’S History House will be developed into a multi-purpose historical centre with the help of a $35,000 state government grant.
Premier and member for South West Coast Denis Napthine said the grant from the Putting Locals First fund would be used to redevelop the site and create an improved community hub.
“Warrnambool has a proud history as one of the major ports during the gold rush era — it is also one of the state’s fastest growing regional cities,” Dr Napthine said. “The town has suffered in the past from the lack of an appropriate facility for historical research and the storage of important records.
“As the city continues to grow, local residents will benefit from improved facilities, such as this, which bring people together and give them an insight into their cultural heritage.”
Dr Napthine said the project would create a meeting space for community groups and refurbish the building’s existing kitchen and toilets.
It would also increase capacity for more performances at the adjoining Mozart Hall.
He said historical and cultural groups had worked in collaboration with Warrnambool City Council to develop the project.