Willow Court interest push
Council media campaign
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.