Latrobe City Council is calling for expressions of interest for a commercial cafe in the newer section of the Traralgon Court House building and for community group ideas for the heritage section.
Mayor Kellie O’Callaghan said the renovations and activation of the Court House would provide a valuable asset for the community for years to come.
“The older, heritage section will be offered to community groups,” Cr O’Callaghan said.
“We are calling for expressions of interest from not-for-profit groups who will use the area for some sort of social enterprise.”
Cr O’Callaghan said the successful community applicants needed to provide proposals in keeping with the historic nature of the court house and complimentary to the community’s vision of what it should be used for.
“They will not have permission to refurbish, alter or extend the heritage part of the building,” she said.
“Occupation of the heritage portion will not be subject to rent, but the selected applicant must contribute towards electricity, telephone, heating and water consumption at an agreed rate.”
Cr O’Callaghan said those interested in using the 1950s add-on section for a small caf or bistro, would be responsible for any refurbishment, alternations or extension costs.
This is the latest move in a lengthy attempt to revitalise the largely disused building.
Friends of the Court House president Jenny Hammett said the group was working on an expression of interest with others in the community.
“We see it as a very positive thing that council are conducting this process again and we believe this time there will be a successful outcome for the community,” Ms Hammett said.
Expressions of Interest close 27 April.
Information can be downloaded from www.latrobe.vic.gov.au/tenders
Intending applicants can also phone arts and events manager Michael Bloyce on 1300 367 700.