The Central Coast Council is moving forward with the next stage of the Ulverstone History Precinct Project. Now referred to as the Ulverstone Cultural Precinct, the Council has commissioned ARTAS Architects to commence the Schematic Design for the development of a vibrant community and cultural hub.
The Ulverstone History Precinct at 48 Main Street, Ulverstone is a valued feature of the Central Coast area. As home to the Ulverstone History Museum and Research Library and Northwest Woodcraft Guild, the site showcases important local history information, artefacts and collections, and provides important educational resources to the community.
Following the adoption of the site’s Master Plan in 2017 and as a result of funding from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund and the Tasmanian Government, the Council is moving to the schematic design for the Ulverstone Cultural Precinct Project.
This multi-faceted community facility will house the Visitor Information Centre, History Museum with its research library as well as the new Science Centre and planetarium. It will also include art gallery spaces, café and special purpose workshop areas suitable for woodcraft and other activities.
The Ulverstone Cultural Precinct aims to be a tourist destination offering a range of visitor experiences for local, regional, intrastate and interstate/international visitors.
Additionally, the Ulverstone Cultural Precinct will have an education focus combining both arts and culture and science and technology. The new public spaces will also provide an engaging community space for people to visit and recreate.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE ULVERSTONE HISTORY MUSEUM SITE?
Some site activities will commence at the Ulverstone History Museum site over the coming weeks.
From Monday 25 February 2019, the Ulverstone History Museum and research library will be temporarily closed while two fuel tanks are removed.
Some additional work, such as removal of awnings, will be needed to access the site of one of the tanks.
An environmental consultant will be overseeing the removal of the tanks to ensure any contamination risk is addressed.
Once the two tanks are removed, the holes will remain open for 10 days while testing of the surrounding soil is conducted. The site will be secured to minimise any risk to the public during this period.
It is possible there may be a slight odour such as the smell of fuel from the residual fuel remaining in the tanks. There is no health risk associated with this odour.
After testing of the soil in the holes confirms there is no contamination, the holes will be backfilled so that Museum volunteers and visitors can again access the Museum safely.
The Museum will be open to welcome visitors on Monday 4 March 2019 from 1.30pm.
What’s happening with the Ulverstone History Museum?
The Ulverstone History Museum and research library will be temporarily relocated during the redevelopment of the site at a location to be announced.
Museum staff and volunteers are undertaking an audit of the Museum’s collection, which will be stored during the project development, however the research library will remain open.
With the move being planned for early 2019, the Museum is unable to accept any new donations.
Collection items have accumulated through donation or are on loan. Museum representatives will be contacting owners of items on loan and examining collection items as part of the re-imagining of the Museum and how to best represent the many stories that create the rich history of the Central Coast region.
A project newsletter containing details about the project and consultation activities is available to DOWNLOAD HERE.
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