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Ballarat company to rebuild Hepburn Bathhouse

Ballarat master builder Nicholson Construction has been appointed to rebuild and refurbish the historic Hepburn Mineral Springs Bathhouse, the Minister for State and Regional Development, John Brumby, announced today.
“This significant milestone means the redevelopment is on schedule for construction to start in late October this year and be completed by early 2008,” Mr Brumby said.
“Nicholson Construction is a fourth-generation family business with about 50 employees, including carpenters, joiners and administration staff.
“The company has a great track record in delivering large-scale building projects in provincial Victoria, including the Bellinzona Grange Country Retreat in Hepburn Springs.
“Nicholson Construction intends using mainly local labour and local suppliers in its redevelopment of the Hepburn Bathhouse and expects there to be up to 60 tradespeople on site at the peak of construction.”
Member for Ballarat East welcomed the announcement and said the redevelopment would provide a major boost for the local economy.
“This project will ensure the new complex becomes an international mineral spa attraction well into the future,” Mr Howard said.
“The redevelopment includes refurbishing the existing heritage building for relaxation, therapy and massage rooms and a new building comprising public pool and spa facilities, an access bridge to reception and a state-of-the-art wet area”
Mr Brumby said the Bracks Government had provided an $8 million grant under the Bracks Government’s Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) for the project, which is being managed by Major Projects Victoria (MPV).
“Since its inception, the RIDF has contributed $324.3 million to 118 announced major capital works projects throughout provincial Victoria with an estimated total value of $862 million,” he said.
“The Government is committed to continuing to grow the whole of the State, and that is why we have announced an additional $200 million in funding for the RIDF, as part of our $502 million Provincial Victoria Statement Moving Forward.”