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An exciting milestone has been reached at the Latrobe Creative Precinct as the last of the 10 feature trees were installed.

Local MP Darren Chester said the trees were a fantastic addition to the new centre.

“The installation of the feature trees brings this project one step closer to completion and the community enjoying all that it has to offer,” Mr Chester said.

“The 8.5 metre trees will be a focal point of the venue’s foyer and showcase the exceptional work of the Gippsland timber industry.

“Local business Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) in Heyfield manufactured and milled the Victorian Ash timber products used to create the trees.

“It is fantastic to see such a large-scale project investing in our local businesses and featuring one of Gippsland major industries.”

Mr Chester recently toured the facility and said it was a wonderful investment for the region.

“Once complete, this will be an exceptional facility for locals to utilise but also a drawcard for larger professional companies and performances to visit Gippsland,” Mr Chester said.

“I look forward to seeing the structure continue to take shape and the opportunities it will be able to offer for the region once complete.”

Mr Chester secured $10 million for the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre. The State Government is contributing $10 million and Latrobe City Council is contributing $18.5 million.

Construction is due to be complete in the second half of 2021.

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