Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced further upgrades for Coolgardie's historical post office thanks to a $3.16 million Royalties for Regions investment through the Goldfields-Esperance Revitalisation Fund.
The Coolgardie Post Office and Associated Buildings Reinstatement Program Stage 2 would see the interior of the complex repurposed to house a number of modern amenities and services for local businesses and the community.
Mr Redman said the investment would restore an important piece of infrastructure and generate new growth, and social and economic opportunities for the community.
"The Coolgardie Post Office was built in 1894 and its historical significance is well-known throughout the region," he said.
Built at a time when Coolgardie was the third biggest town in Western Australia, by 1949 the post office had fallen into near disuse after a significant portion of the population relocated to Kalgoorlie during the gold rush.
"Stage 2 of the project will see the inside of the complex refurbished into a versatile site that will include residential accommodation, retail spaces, visitor facilities, a business hub, gallery and function areas, and an Aboriginal drop-in and education centre," the Minister said.
"The complex will attract new visitor and community use, stimulate new business, enhance residential options and provide access to support for Aboriginal communities.
"This investment is yet another example of Royalties for Regions' commitment to building vibrant regions with strong economies."
Stage 1 of the redevelopment was completed in late 2016 and saw the exterior of the complex upgraded thanks to a $477,933 investment from the Royalties for Regions Country Local Government Fund.
The total cost of the project is $3.5 million, comprising $3.16 million of Royalties for Regions and the remaining funds contributed by the Shire of Coolgardie
The Goldfields-Esperance Revitalisation Fund is a $198 million Royalties for Regions initiative that aims to improve access to facilities and services, generate local jobs and enhance the liveability of regional communities
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