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Clunes Community and Interpretive Centre

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 What is the CCIC?
 Background
 A great opportunity for Clunes ... and the wider region!
 Community involvement
 Uses for the centre
 Frequently asked questions

Delivering more and better services for Clunes

The Clunes Community and Interpretive Centre (CCIC) is a great project for the township of Clunes, Hepburn Shire Council and the wider region. It is one of only five projects funded in Victoria through the Federal Government’s Regional Development Australia Fund in 2011.
 
What is the CCIC?
The CCIC project will see the Clunes Museum redeveloped and expanded to create the Clunes Community and Interpretive Centre - a multifunctional tourism, heritage and community asset. The building will nearly triple in size from 330 square metres to 985 square metres.

The new facility will incorporate:
  • A Visitor and Tourist Information Centre, to ensure ready access to these resources in the main street of Clunes and to assist in progressing the objective of the Grampians Regional Strategic Plan to ‘position the region’s heritage at a national level’

  • Multifunctional exhibition, activity and event spaces to support a broad range of activities, including cultural exhibitions, training programs, Library and Museum activities and displays

  • Museum collection and display spaces designed to tell the story of Clunes and surrounds, focusing on how the unique character and streetscapes of Clunes were formed and influenced, and

  • The relocated Clunes Library to increase the operating capacity of the library, museum and visitor information services, allow for the sharing of resources and skills and address single staffing concerns at the library.
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    Background
    The Clunes Community and Interpretive Centre project began as initiative of the Clunes Museum in 2004. The original proposal was for the Museum to be redeveloped and expanded to accommodate a growing historical collection and to better tell the story of Clunes and its role in the gold rush era. The Hugh Williamson Foundation was particularly supportive when the project was proposed, and financed the development of concept plans, a conservation plan and environmental plan for the building.

    The project has changed quite significantly since the original concept, and this has occurred for several reasons including:

  • a clear need for flexible and functional community spaces in Clunes
  • the need for tourist information services to be available more often and in Fraser Street
  • the need for better operating hours and facilities for the library
  • recognition of the benefits for the Clunes community of bringing services and opportunities together in the one facility, and
  • government funding which is focused upon the multifunctional use and design of community facilities.


  • The project is strongly supported by the Clunes community, Hepburn Shire Council and in the Grampians region. It is the number one priority project for Hepburn Shire Council, is identified as a priority project by the Clunes community in the 2009 Clunes Community Plan, and is identified in the Grampians Regional Strategic Plan as one of the top priority projects to be pursued and supported in the region.

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    A great opportunity for Clunes ... and the wider region!
    The CCIC will serve as an attraction which will assist in raising Clunes’ profile while bring ongoing social and economic benefits to residents and local traders.

    The location of the Clunes Museum, Visitor information services and community and cultural exhibition spaces in the Centre will serve as key attractors for visitors to the town. The exhibition and activity spaces will be key to supporting the continued development of initiatives such as Back to Booktown.

    Importantly the new facility will substantially increase access to services for the Clunes community. For example the library operating hours will increase from 18 hours to 39 hours per week and the Clunes Museum from 10 hours to 39 hours per week.
    Other key benefits of the project to Clunes include:

  • The Clunes community have been heavily involved in the design of the facility which means they’re ‘tailoring’ the operation of the facility to meet their needs.
  • The tender documents require that local trades be used which means there will be some immediate benefits for local business.
  • The functionality of the CCIC is bigger and better than anything we’ve had in Clunes before!

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  • Community involvement
    A Community reference group was established in September 2010 as a means of bringing Council and the community more proactively together around this project. Terms of Reference for the project and Community reference group were developed, with the group and its key roles and responsibilities:
  • acting as advocates / voices in the community about the project, and assisting to keep the Clunes community informed about the project
  • in association with Hepburn Shire Council, being the key point of reference for the project
  • having a combined role of providing advice and recommendations to Hepburn Shire Council about the project, and involvement in the continued development and delivery of the project.

    The Community reference group currently has 12 members. New members may be sought at different times in the project where particular skills are required or as new partnership opportunities are identified.

    As part of consulting with the Clunes community about the CCIC, a survey was distributed amongst young people in Clunes to find out how they might use the facility and how to make it a place where young people will be happy to spend time.

    The results of the survey indicate that young people in Clunes are likely to be key users of the facility and that the set up and fit out of the library and multi-purpose rooms will be particularly important to support their use of the facility, as will ensuring the facility is open at times which will allow young people to use the facility ie: after school and on weekends.

    In addition, some great suggestions were provided for the centre, such as bike racks and the provision of comfortable spaces and furniture ie: couches, comfortable chairs, beanbags and furniture which is easy to move around.

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  • Current members of the Community Reference Group are:
    Michael Cheshire (Chairperson)   Clunes Tourism and Development Association    
    Pat Cook   Clunes Museum Committee of Management    
    Judith Fawcett   Clunes Museum Committee of Management    
    Ann Merrett   Clunes Museum Committee of Management    
    Paul Lesock   Clunes Tourism and Development Association    
    Stephen Samuel   Creative Clunes    
    Christine Simmons   Clunes Primary School    
    Suzanne Camm   Wesley College    
    Malcolm Hull   Hepburn Health    
    Jan Turner   Clunes Visitor Information Centre and Clunes Neighbourhood House    
    Richard Howell   Clunes resident    
    Clayton Edwards   Clunes resident    

    Uses for the centre
    The potential uses for the centre are unlimited!
    Local community groups will be able to utilise the small meeting rooms for their various meetings, and the upstairs activity and exhibition space will be suitable for a range of community and cultural exhibitions and activities. In addition, it will act as a major focal point for the Clunes town, with visitor information services, the Clunes Library and the Clunes Museum all based in the building. The development of the Clunes Community Interpretive Centre (CCIC) will create a valuable and sustainable multi-use tourism and community asset for the Clunes township, Hepburn Shire and the region. The redevelopment and expansion of the existing Clunes Museum building will enable the creation of the propose facility to incorporate:

  • A visitor and Tourist information centre, to ensure ready access to these resources in the main street of Clunes and assist to progress the objective of the Grampians Regional Strategic Plan to ‘position the regions heritage at a national level’.
  • Multifunctional exhibition, activity and event spaces to support a broad range of activities, including cultural exhibitions, training programs, Library and Museum activities and displays.
  • Museum collection and display spaces designed to tell the story of Clunes and surrounds focusing on how the unique character and streetscapes of Clunes were formed and influenced,
  • The relocated Clunes Library to increase the operating capacity of the library, museum and visitor information services, allow for the sharing of resources and skills and address single staffing concerns at the library.

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  • Frequently asked questions
    What is the current status of the project?
    The project has three defined stages: planning, building and operating. As at December 2012, we are in the building phase. Morton Dunn Architects completed the detailed design of the building in July 2012 and Nicholson Construction, a Ballarat based firm have been appointed to complete the construction of the facility. They commenced work in October 2012 and the building phase is expected to continue into the second half of 2013 .

    How is this being funded?
    The majority is funded by the Federal Government Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) – the project is one of only five in Victoria to receive this type of funding in 2011.

    The RDAF has offered $2.709m funding – with Council and the Clunes Museum committing funding also ($450k and $80k respectively).

    In addition, on Wednesday 17 July 2012 the Hon Jeanette Powell, Minister for Local Government announced $50,000 in funding from the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program which will be used to assist with fit out costs.

    How has the community been involved to date?
    Over the last two years, regular community information sessions have been held to keep local residents updated on how the project is progressing.

    The initial architect plans were discussed in detail with the community and adjusted according to the needs identified through various planning meetings with key user groups and the wider community.

    The Clunes Museum Committee of Management and volunteers from across the Clunes community have been actively involved in helping to pack up the Museum collection for its temporary relocation to a storage facility in Ballarat. The Community Reference Group continues to be actively involved in providing advice and recommendations about the project and is currently focused upon planning for the operation of the facility.

    Can I join the Community reference group?
    Not at this stage. The Community reference group currently has 12 members. New members may be sought at different times in the project where particular skills are required or as new partnership opportunities are identified.

    How can I provide input into the project?
    We always welcome input from the community. All opportunity for feedback and/or input will be publicised through the Clunes community newsletter, as well as to the wider shire in other newsletters and media as required.

    If you have ideas or questions about the project, you could speak to one of the members of the Community Reference Group or Kathleen Brannigan, General Manager Community Services for Hepburn Shire Council by phone 5345 9213 or email at kbrannigan@hepburn.vic.gov.au

    When will the current Clunes Museum close?
    On Monday 14 May 2012 the Clunes Museum closed its doors temporarily to begin packing up the historic collection for storage while the building is redeveloped and expanded to create the CCIC.

    Most of the collection will be sent to storage so that it is safe during construction. If you would like to contact the museum for general or research enquiries please call 5345 3592.

    How can I view the plans for the centre?
    You can call into the library or visit the museum windows to view updates including the plans, or visit Council's website, attend meetings, contact a Community reference group member or call Kathleen Brannigan on 5345 9213 at any time for more information.

    How are you providing updates to the community on this project?
    We’ll use a variety of ways to keep you up to date on this project. In addition to updates in The Advocate newspaper, regular articles will appear in the Clunes community newsletter and fact sheets will be distributed on a regular basis (more frequently as the project progresses) and displayed around the shire. The fact sheets are also available on this website.

    When will construction start?
    Construction commenced in October 2012 and is anticipated to continue until the second half of 2013. Nicholson Construction, a Ballarat based firm were appointed to complete the construction of the facility.

    How will construction affect the town?
    Events such as Back to Booktown and the Clunes Show will be considered in the planning of the building phase.

    Council is working with the local community to ensure that any damage to Collins Place is reinstated at the conclusion of the project; in addition Council is committed to reinstating the Parterre Garden once construction has been completed.

    When will the facility be ready to open?
    While we need to allow for some minor delays throughout the process, the Project Execution Plan estimates the centre will be ready for use in late 2013.

    What are the local job opportunities with this centre?
    Hepburn Shire Council supports its local communities and an important part of the construstion of the CCIC project will be the requirement to utilise local services, trades and staff where feasible and appropriate (this is commonly referred to as ‘social procurement’).

    Social procurement is something Council will look to include in future projects within the shire.

    Once the centre is open further local employment and training opportunities will exist through the ongoing operation of the centre.

    How can I find out more information about Clunes?
    There is a basic overview of Clunes on the Hepburn Shire Council website and demographic information is contained in our census link.

    Information can also be found on these websites:
    - Clunes museum website www.clunesmuseum.org
    - Clunes tourism information: www.clunes.org
    - Watch the Visit Clunes video created by Tourism Victoria: Clunes video

    More information
    A Community reference group was established for the CCIC. Their role is to act as a contact point for you if you have any questions about the project and/or upcoming events related to the project. You can also contact Kathleen Brannigan, General Manager Community Services, on 5345 9213 or via email kbrannigan@hepburn.vic.gov.au

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