THERE is still hope for the proposed redevelopment of Warracknabeal’s historic Court House.
Plans to transform the unused building into a hub for artists were first announced in April.
Working Heritage Victoria was granted $19,725 to conduct a feasibility study with Monash University to develop a concept for the proposed transformation.
In his report to Yarriambiack Shire Council at its July meeting on Wednesday, Community Services and Development manager Gavin Blinman said there had been developments.
“The application to Creative Victoria’s Creative State Commissions program that requested funding for the proposed Court House development and Arts Hotel was unsuccessful,” he said.
“Creative Victoria was impressed with the application and awarded Working Heritage $75,000 to undertake further business case development.”
Monash University architects Matthew Bird, Charity Edwards and Thomas Morgan have created the project, After Warracknabeal, to outline their plans.
“The project will transform the (building) into a vibrant artist residency space and small art hotel, with an accompanying arts program that engages with the surrounding Wimmera landscape,” the project proposal reads.
Mayor Graeme Massey said many community groups had thrown their support behind the idea.
“Especially groups such as the Neighbourhood House, the historical society and local schools,” he said.