Revitalised Bathhouse on track for early June finish
The $10.6 million Hepburn Mineral Springs Bath House project will be finished in early June as expected the Major Projects Minister Theo Theophanous said today during a site visit to the historic facility.
Mr Theophanous, who toured the site with Regional and Rural Development Minister Jacinta Allan and Environment and Climate Change Minister Gavin Jennings, said the Bath House had been transformed into an exceptional facility.
“The redeveloped Bath House will reaffirm the region as the spa capital of Australia, bringing with it international attention and the continued growth of tourism in the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges area,” Mr Theophanous said.
“The design and workmanship is of an excellent standard while the materials and finish of the Bath House are world class. We have delivered a facility that will drive the local tourist economy and serve the community for many decades to come.
“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.”
Ms Allan said the Brumby Government had provided more than $8 million through the Regional Infrastructure Development Fund toward the project that would have wide benefits for the Daylesford and Hepburn area.
“This wonderful development will boost the already strong local tourism and wellbeing industry, which supports 2,200 jobs and is worth more than $262 million annually,” Ms Allan said.
“The new Bath House, which includes the refurbishment of bathing rooms in the existing heritage building and the construction of a new building to house three public bathing pools, will attract even more tourists to the region.”
Mr Jennings, who recently announced Belgravia Health and Leisure Group as the new operators, said the historic facility would provide around 60 new jobs in the area.
“The community can take confidence in this five star facility with a first class operator backed by an extensive, established marketing campaign that will take tourism in the area to the next level,” he said.
“Belgravia Health has a reputation for tailoring its services to meet the needs of the local community and tourists and vast experience in operating and managing major leisure facilities.”
The Bath House will open for business once Belgravia has commissioned the new facilities and completed a staff recruitment and training program.