Tarwin Valley centre has potential
THE next step for the proposed Tarwin Valley Sustainability Centre is a feasibility and economic benefits study, for which funds are currently being sought.
The centre, which will be situated in Meeniyan if developed, will provide the region with a multi faceted community space.
The group is currently seeking funds for the feasibility study from the Gardiner Foundation November funding round for projects that benefit the Tarwin Valley.
Tarwin Valley Sustainability Centre chairman, Lindsey Moore, said it is estimated that overall, the economic growth of district product would add $4 million in the first year of operation, rising to $14 million in the fifth year.
“The initial indicative business plan and economic benefit study indicates that the proposed centre could attract 15,000 people in the first year of operation, rising to 30,000 in the fifth year of operation.”
Mr Moore said other projects in the Tarwin Valley are also being developed, such as the Digital Arts Project, which will develop 12 digital profiles of artists of the Tarwin Valley.
“We also support the Tarwin Valley Development Group Inc for the development of a brand and website for the Tarwin Valley District.
“We see the proposed centre as complementing these activities and adding to the diversity of attractions that will assist in the growth of the tourist industry and local employment in the district.”
Mr Moore said the sustainability centre is a big project and big projects take time.
“We are hoping the new council will see the significance of the project and give us their support,” he said.
“We are not looking to create a centre that is a drag on its administration, which is why a feasibility study is so important.
“Completed independently, it will assess the financial viability of the project and the potential for community support and benefits.
“We see the centre as a benefit for the whole shire, with many positive outcomes and feel the value the centre will produce will outweigh its costs.”
There is still a long way to go, but Mr Moore said the project has the potential to make a difference to the whole district, but he also acknowledges the centre is quite an ambitious venture.
“It is quite a large, multi faceted project and will provide a community centre for the entire district,” he said.
“Unless you do something significant and creative, it really is the same old, same old. We are looking at creating an iconic building that will be a landmark for the next 100 years,” he said.
“We want to create something that generates income and enhances the attractiveness of the entire region.”
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