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Latrobe Creative Precinct has taken a step forward, with Becon Constructions chosen as the preferred builder for the Latrobe Creative Precinct. The company has been appointed under an Early Contractor Involvement process.

Becon Constructions will work with Latrobe City Council and the architectural design team to finalise a design that meets community needs within the available budget.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester announced $10 million from the Federal Government toward the facility and said the appointment of Becon Constructions was a major step forward.

“Council is now at a point where it is finalising design aspects with the builders to work out the best solution for the local community,” Mr Chester.

“Becon Constructions is expected to start construction works in February next year, with plans to open the new regional performing arts centre in September 2020.

“Importantly, council has asked that local subcontractors be used wherever possible to support local business.”

Mr Chester said the creative precinct would be built on the corner of Grey and Breed streets in Traralgon.

“I know the community is keen to see building works commence, and has shown great patience to this point, but it is vitally important the council is diligent during this preparation and design phase to create a community centre that will best serve the Latrobe Valley community for decades to come,” Mr Chester said.

Once completed the facility will bring travelling shows and high profile performers into the region.

The Latrobe Creative Precinct is being jointly funded by the Federal and Victorian governments ($10 million each), and Latrobe City Council is contributing to $12.65 million.

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