Local MP Darren Chester says Gippslanders should be proud the Latrobe Creative Precinct will be a landmark honouring the importance of the local timber industry and the skill of its workers, past and present.
Mr Chester stopped by the site recently as construction workers and heavy machinery were busy establishing the foundations for the arts complex at the corner of Grey and Church streets.
“It’s certainly good to come by this site and see the project is moving ahead,” Mr Chester said.
“This project has been a long-time coming and I think many people in the Latrobe Valley and beyond will be looking forward to its scheduled completion in the second half of next year.”
A computer-generated video has been was released that gives the public a detailed look at the finished complex and its surrounds, including the airy foyer space and the 750-seat theatre. Timber is a feature throughout.
“A project of this size provides valuable stimulus for the local construction sector and supports local jobs,” Mr Chester said.
“I am particularly excited to know the architects, Jackson Architecture and Katsieris Origami, have designed finished spaces that will both celebrate the history and future of the Latrobe Valley’s timber industry.
“When the precinct is finished, the community will have a building that is something truly special to this area.
“The timber and forestry industries are incredibly important to Gippsland and I can think of no better way to honour the people who work in those industries than using timber so extensively in this landmark building.”
Mr Chester secured $10 million from the Federal Government for the $38.5 million development. The Victorian Government and Latrobe City Council are also providing funding.
When complete, the precinct will also have a multi-purpose studio, meeting rooms, a café and two outdoor event spaces. There will be up to 20 long-term positions available in the hospitality and arts sectors.