Hopetoun Powerhouse one step closer

THE Hopetoun Powerhouse is one step closer to completion after receiving a Federal Government grant approval.

Gateway BEET community engagement officer Jane Hatcher said that plans for the building are still in their initial stages, awaiting planning approval from Yarriambiack Shire Council.

“They are with a designer at the moment to get the plans finalised and then we will get the permit,” she said.

With one side of the powerhouse to be converted into accommodation and the other half set to be turned into an artist studio, Ms Hatcher said that its completion would be a benefit to the community drawing in tourists.

“This will be an asset for the community that they can benefit out of as well as travellers coming through,” she said.

“Whatever money it takes in the accommodation side will help to sustain it.”

But while $180,000 in federal funding has been approved, Ms Hatcher said that additional funds would have to be raised in order to complete.

“The drought funding is one part of the project but the project won’t be complete because the community will need to help finish paying it off,” she said.

“But now that the federal funding is approved, we can start moving on with it.”

Details from council’s 2020-21 draft budget released last week show that the Hopetoun Powerhouse is set to receive $180,000 under the Drought Community Programme but will require another $20,000 from the community.