A COMMUNITY workshop is planned for mid-November to discuss a community-driven approach to the future of the remaining council-owned sections of the Willow Court historic site at New Norfolk. After meeting in private for the past few months, the group is now prepared to go public.
It hopes that the workshop will identify common ground about how the former hospital site can be developed. “We expect over these three days in November to identify current options and develop a vision and action plan with a shared understanding of the Willow Court barracks precinct’s future,” spokesperson Jon Grant said.
Mr Grant said it was hoped this approach would provide a more stable future for what he called a “troubled 200-year-old historic site” covering about three hectares in New Norfolk’s town centre.
The subject area includes the former Wards A and C, which are currently leased to the New Norfolk Distillery; the original hospital – now referred to as the barracks building, which is leased to the Salamanca Arts Centre; and Frescati House which was in the care of the Friends of Frescati until that group was disbanded by the Derwent Valley Council during its purge of volunteers.
The 16-hour workshop from November 10-12 at the New Norfolk Bowls Club aims to “draw from the local Tasmanian community workable ways to allow the site to be restored and made financially self-sustaining through public-private sector collaborations.”
“What’s needed is a plan that the New Norfolk community owns and sees to fruition, because this Willow Court site is unique and nationally significant, we expect to hear a wide spectrum of voices and views,” Mr Grant said.
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This article has been edited to correct the date provided by the organisers of the workshop.
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