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Mayor Michael neoh, Premier Denis Napthine and Manager Tourism Services Peter Abbott

$2.95 million for Flagstaff Hill upgrade

News Article Date: 
Friday, 19 September 2014

A $2.95 million funding boost for popular tourist attraction Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village (FHMV) will make it more accessible, more efficient and more appealing to a new generation of visitors.

The upgrade was announced at FHMV by Premier and Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine with the State Government committing $1.95m to the project.

Warrnambool City Council (WCC) will contribute $1 million over two years.

This allocation will help deliver key works outlined in Stage One of the FHMV Master Plan including:

- new night sound and light experiences ($2 million);

- upgrade to day experiences using technology from the evening shows ($250,000);

- consolidation of the FHMV reception, gift shop and the Warrnambool Visitor Information Centre ($250,000);

- site access improvements for visitors ($125,000); and,

- upgrade of the wharf area to create a safety compliant boat yard, improved access and consolidation of on-site boats ($375,000).

“Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village is one of the most recognised tourist destinations in south west Victoria. This renewal project is set to reinvigorate the village to ensure it is a must-see tourist destination for our region,” Dr Napthine said.

“Flagstaff Hill has attracted more than 2.2 million visitors who have learnt about our unique maritime history through the various activities on offer throughout the village precinct.

“This figure is set to soar when the transformation is complete with an additional 17,000 visitors expected to the tourist destination each year.”

WCC Mayor Michael Neoh said that the upgrades would help ensure that Flagstaff Hill remains Warrnambool’s most significant tourism and cultural asset linked to the city’s maritime heritage.

“Over 300,000 people have enjoyed the Shipwrecked Sound and Laser Show since it opened in 2002. We are looking at having multiple shows that can be rotated on a daily, weekly or seasonal basis to encourage return visits,” Cr Neoh said.

“While the new Sound and Laser Show is the big ticket item, smaller upgrades such as site access improvements and the wharf upgrade will all contribute to the successful future of Flagstaff Hill.

“Flagstaff Hill adds $2.9 million to the Warrnambool economy annually and Council is proud to work with the State Government and our dedicated volunteers to help it reach its full potential.

Works are scheduled to commence in early 2015.

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