Halls Gap Hub's major milestone

The main footing slab for the Halls Gap Community and Tourism Hub has been poured, marking a major project milestone for Northern Grampians Shire Council.

Contractor Onley Holdings Pty Ltd will now focus on erecting the steelwork and walls for the project which will link the existing Visitor Information Centre with Centenary Hall.

Mayor, Cr Kevin Erwin said it was pleasing to see the structure taking shape.

"Council is thrilled that this project is finally coming to fruition after being listed as a community priority for more than 30 years," he said.

"A $500,000 grant provided through the Regional Development Australia Fund and a $500,000 investment from the State Government through the Regional Growth Fund's Putting Locals First Program is allowing us to deliver a vibrant community facility in the heart of Halls Gap.

"With construction now well underway, we are looking forward to being able to provide a fabulous space for the community and a first stop for the one million tourists who visit the Grampians each year."

The Halls Gap Community and Tourism Hub will include public toilet facilities and space for conducting exhibitions, performances and community activities, as well as multipurpose rooms for office or commercial use.

The construction site has been a hive of activity in recent months, with the majority of underground pipes now installed, along with all sewer pipes and other conduits. Overhead power lines in Heath Street have also been placed underground.

Cr Erwin said council had erected new public toilets near the Halls Gap Pool to cater for demand during the construction period.

"The new toilets are now operational, with only minor works left to be completed," he said.

"They look absolutely fantastic and have been well received by locals and visitors."

Council is also attempting to limit the impacts of the Visitor Information Centre's temporary relocation to Brambuk - The National Park and Cultural Centre.

Cr Erwin said the Visitor Information Centre trialled having a mobile tourism officer in the main shopping area over the busy summer holiday period.

"This initiative proved extremely successful and will continue during peak times, including the upcoming Easter break," he said.

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