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Heritage Centre Project Funding Announcement March 2012

$221,175 for Noojee Heritage Centre – Stage One

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has today announced, on behalf of Deputy Premier and Regional Development Minister Peter Ryan, Coalition Government funding of $221,175 to complete the first stage of the Noojee Heritage Centre.

Mr Blackwood said stage one of the Noojee Heritage Centre Project would include the construction of a replica of the original Noojee Railway Station building for use as a heritage centre.

“The project will also involve the relocation of a historic locomotive, currently located inGary Blackwood  Warragul, to provide a tourism attraction for the township of Noojee,” Mr Blackwood said.

“The J550 locomotive, donated by Baw Baw Shire, will be relocated to Noojee to form a historical display as part of the project.

“The locomotive will be positioned on a newly built section of railway line, and will be complemented by the construction of a replica of the original railway station and platform.”

“The station will house information on the region’s timber industry historically and to the present day, provide a linkage point for already established walking and cycling trails within the township and provide local and regional tourism information to visitors to the area,” said Mr Blackwood.

Mr Ryan, in speaking about the project, said the project’s aim is to provide a tourism attraction for Noojee that would link the existing tourism infrastructure and provide a central location for regional and historical information.

“The project will help promote Noojee as a tourism destination within Baw Baw Shire and also provide links to other tourism destinations as part of the Gippsland Hinterland trail such as Mt Baw Baw, Erica and Walhalla,” Mr Ryan said.

“It will deliver economic benefits to Noojee and linked Hinterland trail townships by expanding the tourism infrastructure and give visitors extra motivation to visit and stay in Baw Baw and Gippsland.”

Mr Ryan said Coalition Government funding towards the $300,500 Noojee Heritage Centre – Stage One project would be provided through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund’s Putting Locals First Program to the Noojee & District Historical Society.

“Putting Locals First is a $100 million initiative designed to enable regional communities to plan and deliver the services and infrastructure to meet local priorities,” Mr Ryan said.

“It is supporting stronger and more sustainable regional communities by building their capacity to drive development in their region.”

The Noojee Heritage Centre – Stage One project is scheduled for completion in November 2013.