Yackandandah has a new creative heart with the opening of a warehouse home for its many artists and artisans at the disused railway station.
Member for Indi Cathy McGowan declared Yack Station’s official beginning to the wild cheers of a crowd of about 100 people on Saturday.
The precinct will serve as both a workshop for the artists and a place from which to sell their work.
Ms McGowan said the project showed the trust Yackandandah had in the arts and its potential benefit to the community.
“What courage it takes to do this, what a vision to say the arts underpins our lives and we need to make a space for it,” she said.
“It provides a place for people to come and work, it provides a place for us to come and spend our money and bring our friends to spend theirs.”
Yack Station director Kevin Poyner, of Indi Architects, said working on the project had been “unique”.
“This has been an amazing story, the whole project — every part of steel beam and piece of timber has a bit of a story behind it,” he said.
The warehouse already houses sculptors, painters, a jeweller, a potter and a spinner and weaver.
Mr Poyner said stage 2 of the project would include another warehouse, with plans for shops on a “market lane” and possibly a cafe.