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MEDIA RELEASE - Tehan to officially launch Casterton's Kelpie Centre project

9 October 2017

Member for Wannon Dan Tehan will officially launch construction of the Australian Kelpie Centre in Casterton on Friday.

The local parliamentarian will join Glenelg Shire staff and community members for a ceremonially sod turn at the Henty Street construction site.

The $1.5 million centre will be built by local building firm Nicholson Construction in readiness for the 2018 Australian Kelpie Muster, to be held on the June long weekend.

The building situated in the heart of the Kelpie Trail in the town’s CBD will include a Visitor Information Centre, meeting spaces and amenities with an interpretative display showcasing the story of the Kelpie working dog.

Mayor Cr Anita Rank said council was grateful for the Federal Government’s grant of $658,000 which ensured the project became a reality.

“We are looking forward to hosting Minister Tehan as we celebrate the start of construction on this important project which will change the tourism landscape in the town,” Cr Rank said.

“This Kelpie Centre design has been created after almost 12 months of consultation with the local community taking into consideration their ideas and concepts to create a state-of-the-art interpretative space which meets all expectations.

“Casterton’s story as the birthplace of the Kelpie is iconic. This centre will showcase the story in a purpose built facility in a modern and accessible space which will open the door to a new visitor economy in the town.

“Tourists, particularly the international market, have a great appetite for these rich pastoral heritage stories. The new centre will assist in further building and strengthening our profile as a key destination on the Melbourne to Adelaide touring route, and connections to the Great Ocean Road and Grampians tourist regions.”

The construction of the new centre, which was designed by Morton Dunn architects, is expected to create 10 local jobs and stimulate greater visitation to the town’s retail precinct.

Plans for the building can be viewed at or at the Casterton Town Hall.

An interpretative board can also be viewed at the construction site.

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