New buyer outlines proposal to transform Pleasant Creek site into tourism hub

SOLD: A buyer from Ballan purchased almost three hectares of the former Pleasant Creek Hospital site off the Western Highway at Stawell. Picture: Peter Pickering
SOLD: A buyer from Ballan purchased almost three hectares of the former Pleasant Creek Hospital site off the Western Highway at Stawell. Picture: Peter Pickering

Exciting plans to develop the run-down former Pleasant Creek Hospital site off the Western Highway are in the pipeline. 

Almost three hectares of the land was recently sold and the new owner intends to transform the site into a business and tourism hub. 

Keenan Quinsee from Ballan saw the property about 18 months ago when he visited Mitre 10 nearby. 

“I decided then that it would be a great place to purchase and develop,” he said. 

“The area has so much potential.”

Mr Quinsee said he wanted to launch ghost tours at the site, similar to Aradale, in time for the Halloween weekend in October.

And works to develop the site could start as early as Monday. 

“We will be starting work there on Monday and will be working on site for nine days,” he said. 

“Based off figures from Aradale I have forecast for about 5000 people a year to have the ghost tour at Pleasant Creek,” he said.

Mr Quinsee also said he intended to set up a Christmas in July festival next year, a weekend night market, live music events in the summer, bean bag cinema, wine bar and cafe and a 3D artistic mural.

“I am also thinking about partnering up with the Stawell Historical Society to run day time tours of the site,” he said.

“There is so much history here and it could be a good opportunity for families passing through the town to learn more about the area.

“People are coming into town on the Western Highway here, so It is really the gateway to Stawell.

“These plans could put Stawell on the map and potentially bring in more people to the town and have a big contribution to business and economy.” 

Mr Quinsee said 14 rooms in the old hospital building at the Pleasant Creek site could also offer retail space for businesses. 

“There is a lot of space here, there are rooms which can be used as offices or conference rooms,” he said.

“Individuals can trial out these rooms before signing onto a lease.”

Northern Grampians Shire Council said they would comment publicly on the proposed ideas once plans were formally submitted.