Willow Court in­ter­est push

Coun­cil me­dia cam­paign

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - PA­TRICK GEE

WITH a new vi­sion for Willow Court, the Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil is seek­ing ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for busi­nesses to oc­cupy the for­mer asy­lum.

The coun­cil will spend $20,000 to en­gage and pro­mote ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est through var­i­ous me­dia and hopes to at­tract in­ter­est from within Tas­ma­nia, in­ter­state and over­seas.

Der­went Val­ley Mayor Mar­tyn Evans said the project was very top­i­cal with New Nor­folk on the cusp of great food, wine and ad­ven­ture tourism.

“This is prob­a­bly the most ex­cit­ing time for us as a group of coun­cil­lors and the com­mu­nity to get some re-adap­tive uses in that site and make it an eco­nomic stim­u­lus for the re­gion,” he said.

Since the asy­lum’s clo­sure in 2000, the site has re­mained mostly un­used and is now in var­i­ous states of func­tion­al­ity and dis­re­pair.

“Peo­ple with vi­sion will see the po­ten­tial in those build­ings and I think they al­ready have,”Cr Evans said.

Coun­cil-owned build­ings open to ex­pres­sions in­clude the Al­lonah, In­dus­trial Ther­apy and Carl­ton build­ings as well as the Bar­racks and Fras­cati House.

Mr Evans did not rule out the op­tion for busi­nesses to pur­chase build­ing space.

“I would love to have mul­ti­ple op­tions go­ing for­ward for each of the build­ings so that we can weigh up the best op­tions and al­ter­na­tives for the val­ley into the fu­ture,” he said.

Cr Evans said the suc­cess of the Agrar­ian Kitchen at the site would make it easy for peo­ple to see the site’s pos­si­bil­i­ties.

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