Willow Court’s future planning
DERWENT Valley Mayor Martyn Evans says he would like to see the Willow Court precinct “fully activated” within three years.
Cr Evans believes the success of the Agrarian Kitchen Eatery and Store, which opened in the precinct in June, provides a road map forward for future use of the site.
The Derwent Valley Council endorsed a proposed framework for an expression of interest document for the future use of Willow Court at last month’s meeting.
The EOI will be advertised this month.
Cr Evans said the Agrarian Kitchen was the “first step” to- ward re-energising the site.
“It would be nice to see some more activities in that complex to stimulate the site even further,” Cr Evans said.
“When you sit alongside the Agrarian Kitchen as a business, it will be fantastic because they are winning awards already for what they’re doing in that restaurant.
“The site itself is so unique people are intrigued and interested, but now the opportunity is there to have a piece of it and invest in the site.
“I think that now the door is open and the light is on it, this is definitely a way forward to give them uses in that area, whether it be local, whether it be interstate, or international even.”
Cr Evans hopes development comes sooner rather than later.
“I would love to see it come to fruition in three years that places like Frascati House, the Barracks, Carlton, and Allonah be activated and rejuvenated, and have a use in there,” he said.
Cr Evans said having the precinct heritage listed was crucial to future developments.
“That is pivotal to any funding that may go alongside that site to help the restoration along its way,” he said
“When that comes on board, and hopefully fingers crossed it does early in the new year, we can then actively seek some funding for some restoration works to make it even more appealing for people to invest.”
The full framework for the EOI document is available on the Derwent Valley Council website in September’s meeting agenda.