Vandalism, rain may delay West Gippsland Arts Centre reopening
 Baw Baw News   By // 19:59, Tuesday 10 October 2017

Recent rainfall and vandalism have caused ‘minor’ delays in the West Gippsland Arts Centre’s redevelopment.

The centre’s opening date could be delayed by a few weeks, according to Baw Baw Shire mayor Joe Gauci.


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“Works are continuing to progress well given the recent setbacks, however prolonged rainfall and unfavourable conditions have pushed back some key construction works,” Cr Gauci said in a media release.

“We have also unfortunately faced a string of site break-ins and vandalism which has further impacted of the site’s progress.

“At this stage the original projected completion date in mid-2018 could possibly be pushed out by a few weeks.

“Council and contractor Building Engineering are continuing to do everything possible to mitigate the impact of these delays and keep the works tracking along.”


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Cr Gauci said the council was in contact with bookings which could be impacted by delays, as well as community and “key project stakeholders”.

The WGAC is undergoing a $13.4 million redevelopment to increase seating capacity from 510 to 760, comply with modern accessibility codes, add additional conference spaces, and more.

The building closed for renovations in March, and original estimates put reopening in July 2018.

Original image provided by Baw Baw Shire Council, edited.

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