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Getting on with more jobs and tourism in Woodend


The Victorian Government is fast tracking detailed design works to enable the Woodend Community Centre redevelopment to unlock its full potential and create more jobs for locals.

The design stage will be made possible by a $260,000 investment through the Government’s Investment Fast Track Fund.

The redevelopment was a key recommendation from the Woodend Community Centre Master Plan, completed in 2021 thanks to a grant through the Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund.

The local community has been heavily involved in the project’s concept through the master plan development and will be consulted during the design process.

Design work is the next step towards enabling the project to become a reality. The redevelopment will ultimately support up to 25 full-time construction jobs and maintain roles for seven customer service staff and 14 library staff when complete.

The proposed redevelopment includes a new library, performance space, foyer and gallery, café, visitor information hub, and an outdoor events space.

Facilities will be designed to take advantage of natural light to create a more vibrant and appealing place to visit.

The Investment Fast Track Fund is taking projects from the ideas phase to be investment and development-ready, with grants of up to $500,000 available to local councils, community organisations and the private sector for planning, design and business case works.

The Fund is part of the Victorian Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund which helps businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria and supports councils to build the infrastructure locals and visitors need.

It is central to Government’s $30 billion investment in rural and regional Victoria since 2015. For more information, refer to the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund page.

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