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Station plans on track

Earlier this year, (M/News 27 July), Cr Paul Tatchell, Michaela Settle MP, and Gavin Barker celebrated the $800,000 funding announcement to renovate the historic train station into a community hub. Photo – Helen Tatchell

By Lachlan Ellis

Initial designs for the restoration of Lal Lal Railway Station have been released, with the community given the chance to provide its input.

In July, the State Government promised funding for the station under the Community Use of Vacant Rail Buildings Program, with plans to make the disused building into a community hub and neighbourhood house.

Photos of the proposed works were uploaded on the Lal Lal Community social media page, where a few locals gave their thoughts.

“Looking great. Will be good to see this building getting some love. Now for the pub,” Carmel said.

“Looks great but maybe the toilet could be better placed perhaps closer to the information room, so the public have better access to it?” Natalie suggested.

“I think you have to go with the spaces that are there, not do too much structural change. You would also need to know where the water is,” Kay responded.

In late November, the Lal Lal Community Hub Committee met to discuss proposed works, which include installation of fences along the roadway and platform, the removal of partitions for a new exhibition space, and the installation of a kitchenette.

Under the proposed plans, the restored station building will also feature two meeting spaces/offices, an office for the local Landcare group, a tearoom, and a visitor information centre.

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