Big plans for district’s historic homestead

Tarndwarncoort’s Tom Dennis is thrilled to receive a Federal Government grant for improvements at the historic homestead east of Colac. He is pictured with Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson.

Colac district tourist attraction Tarndwarncoort homestead will embark on a series of upgrades allowing it to double its staff and almost quadruple its visitor numbers.

The accommodation provider and wool shop has received $145,000 from the Federal Government’s Regional Jobs and Investment Package, which the business will match.

Tarndie’s Tom Dennis said the project would upgrade the 178-year-old property’s accommodation, allowing smaller groups or individuals to book rooms instead of having to book the entire building.

“It will be more of a hotel-style accommodation with suites and more services, like a farm hotel,” Mr Dennis said.

“What’s important is that it’s a big country house that can provide country-style hospitality,” he said.

A new interpretive station in Tarndwarncoort’s cider house will tell visitors the story of the homestead and the history of Polwarth sheep and wool crafts.

For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.

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