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Destination Meeniyan

 

A NEW development in Meeniyan has the potential to increase tourism opportunities for the town and broader South Gippsland.

Once complete, both the indoor and outdoor areas of the complex are expected to be significant additions to local and regional infrastructure.

The complex, already home to the Meeniyan Art Gallery on the corner of the South Gippsland Highway and Hanily Street, is being remodelled to include a fine food and wine store which will be run by some local businesses.

The gallery’s space is being expanded and there will be a large deck out the side of the building with a fireplace, surrounded by a large outdoor area, suitable for markets and other events.

The complex is owned by around 20 local investors, including Lindsay Moore, who said the project is an exciting development, which will build on the town’s food and entertainment culture.

He said plans for the outdoor area are being prepared, however one idea was to run a weekly Friday market.

“We have been planning this redevelopment for the last two years. It has taken a long while to get this far and we are hopeful it will be completed by late spring,” he said.

“We are hopeful it will be quite unique. We don’t really know how it is all going to work yet, as it is a new concept.

“We are currently working through ideas on how to best use the site, which are likely to change and develop as we grow.”

The Meeniyan Art Gallery gains a whole new room through the development, which Mr Moore said would make it significantly larger.

“The art gallery will certainly benefit from the renovations and will be opening in September,” he said.

The outdoor area has been dubbed Tarwin Valley Market and will provide all sorts of opportunities.

“We are keen to promote local opportunities, both for local trade and tourism of course,” Mr Moore said.

“Being so close to the Great Southern Rail Trail also provides incredible tourism potential.”

Meeniyan’s popularity continues to grow and this development is expected to contribute in a positive way to the community activities of the town.

Mr Moore said if everything goes to plan, he has no doubt the new facility would encourage more people to visit.

“Meeniyan is lucky in terms of its location on the highway and it is a pretty, compact town” he said.

“The town has also been able to attract some really good business people, so hopefully this development will be another iconic business. All these things add strength to the town. We are excited about the opportunities for the development, even the ones we don’t know about yet.”

Mr Moore said anyone interested in the project is welcome to contact him.

“It is a community investment project, owned and run by locals, but it is also a community asset for the whole town,” he said.

 

Community asset: as one of the owners of the project being developed in Meeniyan on the corner of the South Gippsland Highway and Hanily Street, Lindsay Moore is keen to see what opportunities it presents once complete.

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