Historic hotel restoration gets boost
The final piece of the puzzle for the redevelopment of Roebourne’s historic Victoria Hotel has been placed with a $2 million contribution from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman announced last Friday the project, as well as a Building a State of Creativity project by FORM had been approved under the Pilbara Cities Economic Diversification Fund.
Pilbara Development Commission acting chief executive Terry Hill said the Pilbara’s reputation as a mining region was ready to change.
“This is a sign of things to come for the Pilbara,” he said.
“We are on a journey towards a more diversified economy to support our vibrant and liveable communities.”
Once restored, the Victoria Hotel is seen to become a symbol of strength and new beginnings for Roebourne, the oldest town in the North West which celebrates its 150th anniversary later this year.
The Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation purchased the heri- tage asset in 2013. YAC chief executive Michael Woodley told the Pilbara News in January the plan was to turn it into a retail outlet for local tourism businesses, office space and a potential cafe.
“Our vision is to create a place where Aboriginal people can feel empowered to work and celebrate their culture,” he said.
The hotel received $2 million in funding from the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund in late 2015.
The FORM project is a two-year funding agreement which will deliver economic diversification and capacity building through tourism, small businesses, creative industries and Aboriginal business development.
FORM executive director Lynda Dorrington said they were grateful for the investment.
“The success of this particular grant will enable significant programs to be developed which will have long term benefit to the Pilbara community,” she said.
The remaining projects identified for the $30 million fund are in their final stages of assessment.