The award winning VicTrack Community Use of Vacant Rail Buildings (CURVB) Program involves repurposing of existing rail buildings for Local Community Use.
Typically, these buildings are much loved in their region, but no longer in use and dilapidated due to changing transportation patterns. They are hubs of their community, ready to be brought back to a new life.
In regional areas, community networks and groups are undergoing a formidable revival in strengthening local communities and connections. VicTrack has a team of liaison staff who establish potential users and link them with available sites throughout Victoria – where there is a demand for some space, there is usually a rail building lying vacant and unloved not far away.
In each case, the projects have involved extensive consultation with the local users to ascertain their requirements for the conversion and new layouts. At the same time, we upgrade the buildings to contemporary DDA standards, while ensuring we remain within the strict budget requirements.
Willaura Station has been transformed from a grey disintegrating shell, to a magnificent beacon in this very small town just east of the Grampians. It is now used for display of art and community art programs and will form a great attraction to visitors exploring regional Victoria.