The historic Avoca Railway Station building will be refurbished and become part of the day-to-day life of the community once again.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Colin Brooks, visited the 140 year old building today to announce calls for tender for the restoration work, which will convert the currently disused building into a thriving arts hub.

The restoration will include demolition, internal and external restoration and landscaping. The project will include installing new windows, doors, accessible toilets, kitchen, electrical services, fencing, asphalt and paving.

Once complete, the historic building will become a permanent space for visual and performing arts, flexible community meeting and event space, kitchen. The surrounds will provide the opportunity to develop a propagation centre, and community garden.

The Pyrenees Shire Council will lease the building on behalf of the Avoca Community Arts and Gardening Inc, who will run the new space.

The buildings in the Avoca Station precinct were constructed in 1876 and are the best remaining example of the 'Dunolly style' railway building.

The works will be managed by Victorian rail asset owner VicTrack through on behalf of the Andrews Labor Government .

Tenders opened last week and will close on Thursday 16 June. The tender is likely to be awarded by the end of July, with construction to begin shortly after. Works are expected to be complete in late 2016.

For more information about the tender, visit www.tenderlink.com/victrack/.

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