Historical Hepburn Bathhouse under new management
Belgravia Health and Leisure Group have been selected as the new operators of the recently redeveloped heritage-listed Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve Bathhouse.
Environment and Climate Change Minister Gavin Jennings announced the decision today and said the selection of the new operators for the iconic Victorian tourist attraction followed a comprehensive tender process.
“Belgravia Health and Leisure Group will bring exceptional experience and enthusiasm to operating the Bathhouse and I am confident their work will be first class,” Mr Jennings said.
“The Group manages 50 sporting and leisure venues across Australia including many aquatic centres and is known for its ability to tailor its services to meet the needs of the local community and tourists at each site.
“The Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve Bathhouse is located among the most significant concentration of natural mineral water springs in Australia and managing the bathhouse is a key task for this important area.
“The newly appointed operators will manage a facility providing mineral water bathing and day spa facilities for massage and spa body treatments.”
Member for Ballarat East Geoff Howard MP welcomed the decision and said: “The Brumby Government contributed more than $8 million out of the total $10.6 million cost of redeveloping the Bathhouse, with the local Council and Commonwealth Government providing the rest of the funding.
“The redevelopment is a boost for the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region because the spa and mineral springs experience attracts many tourists to the region.
“The redeveloped Bathhouse should re-establish the region as the Spa Capital of Australia and ensure it is recognised internationally.
“The redevelopment includes refurbishment of the relaxation, therapy, massage and private bathing rooms in the existing heritage building and the construction of a new building to house three public bathing pools.
“The heritage-listed Edwardian bathhouse building itself dates back to the early 20th Century and people have experienced the benefits of ‘taking the waters’ at Hepburn Springs for health and social reasons since the 1880s.”
The Bathhouse is situated in the Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve, a Crown Land reserve managed by the Hepburn Shire Council.
The Bathhouse will open for business once Belgravia has commissioned the new facilities and completed a staff recruitment and training program.
For more information, visit www.dse.vic.gov.au or call 136 186.