Historic Bathhouse opening to boost jobs and tourism
A new era in tourism for the popular Daylesford region began today with the opening of the refurbished $10.6 million Hepburn Mineral Springs Bathhouse.
Regional and Rural Development Minister Jacinta Allan said the restored bathhouse is expected to directly generate 60 to 70 new jobs over the next two years and create flow-on investment and continued growth of the already strong tourism industry.
“This refurbishment is backed by $8 million from the Brumby Government’s Regional Infrastructure Development Fund, boosting the local tourism industry which supports 2,200 jobs and is worth more than $262 million annually,” Ms Allan.
“This world-class day spa will reinforce the national and international reputation of Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges as Australia’s spa capital.
“The heritage-listed bathhouse, which dates back to 1895, has been carefully renovated and a new wing has been built to house the unique mineral water bathing pools.
“This project has revitalised a well-loved community and tourism icon, ensuring that future generations will be able to enjoy its unique mineral water bathing experience that is so closely entwined with Hepburn-Daylesford’s history and development.”
With more than 30 wet and dry spa treatment rooms, Hepburn Mineral Springs Bathhouse is now one of the largest day spas in Australia.
Ms Allan congratulated Cox Architects and Planners, Ballarat construction contractor A.W. Nicholson, and Major Projects Victoria on the outstanding quality of the refurbishment.
Major Projects Minister Theo Theophanous said the project was a credit to local builders, tradesmen and suppliers.
“This project is very much a local triumph, having employed more than 60 local tradespeople during the last year – the builders, contractors and suppliers can all be justifiably proud of what they have given to the region,” Mr Theophanous said.
“The design and workmanship of the revitalised bath house is world-class and will serve the community for many years to come.”
The Hepburn Shire Council, Department of Sustainability and Environment, the Victorian Mineral Water Committee, Sustainability Victoria and the Federal Government contributed $2.6 million to the project.
Member for Ballarat East, Geoff Howard MLA said the bathhouse has been brought into line with 21st Century expectations of a luxury spa experience while still preserving its heritage charm.
The bathhouse will open to customers from Monday 15 September. For information go to www.hepburnbathhouse.com or www.rdv.vic.gov.au