Rork Projects has been engaged for Stage 2 of Mildura’s riverfront redevelopment which will see the transformation of the existing Powerhouse building. Upgrades include a new visitor information area, theatre space, a flexible event space, covered alfresco area, a new events kitchen building adjacent to the Powerhouse, public amenities, new ‘boiler house’ providing covered outdoor events space, and external services.
Rork Projects has a proven track record working with local councils throughout Victoria and beyond and we are looking forward to a close collaboration with the local community and trades to deliver this project.
“We’re excited to work on this project because it can maintain that serenity and that sense of community, not only for a history that dates back maybe to the 1920s or when this building was built, but maintains that sense of history and connection to country that dates back tens of thousands of years.” Rork co-owner John Paul Janke has said.
Mr Janke said Rork intended to engage as many local tradespeople as possible as it works through to completion.
“When Rork leaves we believe there has to be a good relationship between council, the developer and the community … (and) making sure that First Nations people also feel part of that,” he said.
Rork Project’s appointment was announced this week by the Mildura Rural City Council. Works will get underway this month, with expected completion at the end of 2022.
The 10-month long project was officially kicked off last Wednesday with a traditional smoking ceremony, held by Aunty Ronny Harradine and Tom Harradine, Traditional Owners from the Latjie Latjie family group.
Ties to the local community and traditional owners are especially important for this project due to the rich history and community engagement associated with the site.
The upgrade to the precinct will include a new visitor information area, theatre space, a flexible event space, cafe and outdoor dining area, a new events kitchen building adjacent to the Powerhouse, public amenities, new “boiler house” providing covered outdoor events space and external services.