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Background Project Timeline

The Ulverstone Cultural Precinct Project has taken another step in its exciting journey with the preliminary schematic design now available for public information.

The design team from ARTAS Architects has been working on a preliminary schematic design that considers the elements from previous engagement activities that provided Council with a very clear picture about what the community were looking for in this facility.

Formerly known as the Ulverstone History Precinct Project, in January 2019 the Council 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.

Preliminary Schematic Design Design Explanation


The Ulverstone History Museum will be undertaking some changes as it becomes part of the Ulverstone Cultural Precinct.

To enable the development of the new building and surrounding landscape, several of the external buildings that have been placed on the site over the years are required to be moved.

Because of the local significance of the buildings and to ensure that they are appropriately gifted to the Central Coast community, the Central Coast Council invites public expressions of interest to determine organisations or individuals who will receive the buildings.

With a view to relocating the buildings across the Central Coast region, applicants will need to outline a proposed new site for the building and links to its original location (prior to its relocation to the Ulverstone Museum site).

Applicants will also be asked to demonstrate how the community will be able to access the building in its new regional location.

The buildings looking for a new home are:

  • Beach House
  • Lead Light
  • Lowana School
  • North Motton Railway Station
  • Sprent Goal Cells.

The Central Coast Council will support the relocation of the buildings by the waiving of Development Application fees and by providing advice to facilitate the removal of buildings.

Expressions of Interest open on 1 June, and close at 2.00pm on 28 June 2019.

Click the buttons below to download the EOI Guidelines and EOI Submission Form:

EOI Guidelines EOI Submission Form

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.

Project Newsletter

A project newsletter containing details about the project and consultation activities is available for download below:

UCP Newsletter

Need more information?

Chris Clark, Community Development Group Leader on (03) 6429 8950 or 0419 369 534
Michelle Feenan, Director Engagement Plus on 0400 188 373

[email protected].