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Gallery plan slammed

THE Friends of Hamilton Gallery has criticised Southern Grampians Shire in an open letter for its proposal to possibly backtrack from building a new art gallery in Hamilton and instead extend the current gallery.

The group met with mayor, Bruach Colliton, on July 30, where it was told of a proposal for refurbishment and remodelling of the existing building, rather than building a new gallery.

The letter was received by The Spectator late last week and claimed the decision of the shire for an “option three proposal” was “totally unexpected” and “would involve further consultants’ fees, with associated delays”.

The letter said costs of the proposal were inadequately explained with only a suggested estimate of $20-30 million given and argued the shire was shying away from a CBD-based option deemed “too expensive”.

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