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Expressions of interest sought for use of historic Weidmann Cottage

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Muswellbrook Shire Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from the public for the operation of a small bar or retail use from the historic Weidmann Cottage.

Council’s Manager Property and Building Services, Matt Lysaught said: “As part of an ongoing commitment to preserving the heritage value of the Shire, Council recently completed repair and maintenance works on sections of Weidmann Cottage. Now we’re seeking expressions of interest for a commercial activity to activate the space.”

“This is the latest step in Council’s plans for the growth and beautification of a heritage-centred education precinct in the centre of town,” said Mr Lysaught.

Council has inspected roof fittings and stormwater drains, repaired and replaced guttering and downpipes, repainted timber surfaces to match previous painting, reconstructed missing and loose sections of the verandah and repaired floor surfaces.

“In addition a large timber deck has been constructed adjacent to Weidmann Cottage at the rear of the building over the previously paved area. The timber deck could be great for outdoor dining,” said Mr Lysaught.

These works are supported by funding from the NSW Government and the Heritage Council under the State Heritage Major Works Grant Program.

For the purpose of the Expression of Interest Council may be prepared to assist the operator with some fit-out and associated costs.