BBRF Logo Shire of Ravensthorpe Cultural Precinct

The Shire of Ravensthorpe was pleased to celebrate the grand opening of the Ravensthorpe Cultural Precinct with members of the community on Monday 11 September 2023.  

The stunning collection of timber buildings, crafted from 30 year old plantation stock and integrated with the new Shire of Ravensthorpe offices, ushers Ravensthorpe into the modern era. 

Honorary Freeman of the Shire and former Shire President Ian Goldfinch was heavily involved in the project from the beginning and says this is a building the whole community can enjoy and be proud of.

 “It came about because the old Ravensthorpe Shire offices were built in 1905 and didn’t have the room needed to service a Shire, and also because the community very much wanted to have a modern, cultural space,” Mr Goldfinch said. 

It was in 2013 when the Ravensthorpe Community Resource Centre and the Ravensthorpe District Art Group developed plans for renovating their existing buildings. Those discussions led to a proposal to invite all community groups based around Jubilee Park to explore the possibility of a cultural precinct. 

In June 2020, Ravensthorpe secured $5.27 million from the Federal Government's Building Better Regions Fund to initiate the development of the Ravensthorpe Cultural Precinct, kick-starting the planning and execution of the distinctive timber project for the main street.

Sustainability key aspect of build

Using timber for both the structure and facade offers the advantages of lightweight construction, fire resistance, and a sustainable material choice.  

Mr Goldfinch says the use of Yellow Stringybark (Eucalyptus muelleriana), was important as Council wanted the build to reflect the Shire’s overarching objective of sustainability.

“Using native wood was important to us, so when we heard there was an old plantation out the back of Denmark with 30 year old stock that was wasn’t being used, we decided we’d take that timber and give it a purpose,” Mr Goldfinch said.

“And I think it is marvellous. The wood has really given us a very warm building. And it has been built for the future.”


History also on show

While the Ravensthorpe Cultural Precinct represents the future, Council is pleased connections to the region’s past have also been included, such as the tables made out of wood from the old Hopetoun jetty which are in the new Council Chamber.

New interpretive room

The cultural precinct also houses the new Shire of Ravensthorpe interpretive room.

Everyone in the community is encouraged to explore and engage with the interactive digital displays, which narrate the region's story.

The interpretive room is also handy for tourists who can learn more about the Shire of Ravensthorpe by using the displays and interactive maps.

The Shire of Ravensthorpe expresses gratitude to Allkem for their complete funding of the interpretive room.

Read more about the grand opening of the Ravensthorpe Cultural Precinct here.





Click on the following link to get an animation walk through of the overall project.