Proposal for old Dimboola Hotel site released
|The proposed business plan to transform the vacant former Dimboola Hotel site in Lloyd Street into a eatery and function centre has been released.
The Dimboola Social Enterprise Plan, which has been worked on by current owner of the site, Graeme Scheider and local businesswoman Mary Clarke, presents the vision of the eatery which proposes to have the restaurant opened in September 2019 which would be managed by an elected board.
The Preliminary Investigation Dimboola Social Enterprise Plan 116-120 Lloyd Street, Dimboola document which was released last week, outlines the project including the objectives, funding, legal structure, Board of Management and many other aspects of the project.
The objectives of the project as outlined in the report include:
Create a significant central community and cultural hub with unique public botanic gardens
Engage all ages and cultures
Provide facilities for pop-up shops, markets and events, allowing individual artists, collectors, craftspeople and community groups to exhibit and trade
Function facilities for culturally significant exhibitions: historical, indigenous, schools and arts
Further expansion of festival facilities such as the annual Dimboola Food Festival and Lions Club Christmas pageant
Facilities for performing arts and music
Facilities for education, health and social programs
Establish a trading business whose profit funds the maintenance of the property
Provide quality services to day travellers to encourage overnight stays
Build upon existing government initiatives to expand local tourism
Promote Dimboola as a destination for day visitors with particular focus on the Horsham market
Increase traffic to benefit business, create jobs and revenue beyond the venture itself
Provide employment and training for youth and underprivileged
Work alongside indigenous organisations to showcase indigenous culture
Further expand on eco-tourism by showcasing native botanicals for consumption and medical use
Provide a native garden and link with local Wail and Dimboola nurseries
Focus on environmentally sustainable practices
The intention is it to transform this iconic Dimboola address with a project that will benefit the whole community.
Members of the community are encouraged to read the full report which is available either from the Dimboola Library or online.
Feedback is then encouraged before the first meeting of the board which is to be held in August, with those wishing to contribute at this point urged to submit responses to Dimboola Wandjana, PO Box 160, Dimboola 3414 or online at www.facebook.com/DimboolaWandjana/ by July 31st 2017.
If you would prefer a personal consultation please contact Mary Clarke on 0418 340 724 or email Graeme Schneider at email@example.com.
Small Business Festival - August
Hindmarsh Shire Council is partnering with the Wimmera Business Centre to present a series of workshops as part of Victoria's Small Business Festival.
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In September 2017, it will be 100 years since the sons of Edwin and Polly were killed in the First World War, only 4 days apart.
To commemorate this event, on Sunday 24th of September 2017, a service will be held at the Dimboola Cemetery.
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