Shire of Ravensthorpe CEO Gavin Pollock says its new state-of-the-art Cultural Precinct will bring the town into the 21st century.
Construction of the 1,400sqm community hub is expected to commence in the coming months, with tenders out for the $7 million project.
The community precinct will sit adjacent to the current council buildings and offer a range of services and activities, including a visitors centre, community resource centre and playground spaces.
Primarily constructed from yellow timber, the Cultural Precinct is designed with sustainability front of mind to reduce its environmental impact.
Part of the building’s electricity will come from solar panels, it will have a rainwater tank and energy-efficient lighting and use sustainable building materials.
Mr Pollock said the precinct had been in the works since 2013, and in 2019 the Shire received $5.3 million from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions fund to put towards the project.
The local community also contributed towards the building, according to Mr Pollock, with 14 businesses and community groups chipping in for funding.
“This is just going to revitalise our town centre here in Ravensthorpe and bring us into the 21st century with a lot of technology and facilities that will hopefully be beneficial to a lot of people coming through to enjoy the experience in Ravensthorpe,” he said.
Ravensthorpe Nickle Operation contributed $100,000 towards the development.
RNO Assistant General Manager Bob Gordon said they were glad to support the Shire’s plans to add vibrancy to the region.
“We are proud to have played a role in bringing this project to life and I look forward to visiting the Precinct once it opens,” he said.
The Shire is aiming to begin construction in July.