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Eden Welcome Centre

The Eden Welcome Centre will be a new building located on the fisherman’s co-op site in Eden, facilitating the movement of over 100,000 cruise passengers to the local region each year.

Image: Artist’s impression of the interior of the Eden Welcome Centre 

As Eden becomes an increasingly popular cruise destination, the Eden Welcome Centre will be a new facility to greet hundreds of thousands of tourists yearly.

The Eden Welcome Centre will be located on the existing co-op site adjacent to Eden Ice Supplies within close proximity of the recently completed cruise wharf.

Designed by award-winning architectural firm, Cox, designers of the Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf, the Eden Welcome Centre will be will have two floors with an approximate size of 1000 square metres. The ground floor will be for visitors, market stallholders and amenities and the first floor for office space.

Celebrating the town’s main industries of fishing, forestry and tourism, the building is intended to act as a symbol of Eden's past and its future. The structure and cladding will be made from native hardwoods from the region as a tribute to the local timber industry and will encompass features from Eden’s rich maritime and fishing industry. 

Image: Artist’s impression of the interior of the Eden Welcome Centre 

Contract awarded
The building contract for the Welcome Centre has been awarded to local construction company, Rankin Builders, who has previously worked with the selected architecture firm, Cox Architecture, on Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf. Port Authority is proud to support this local business.

Construction program

Building construction and internal fit-out of the ground floor, anticipated to be ready late April 2021 with the first floor internal fit-out and tenants anticipated to move in shortly after.

In the last month, the Welcome Centre has started to take shape with the installation of the internal timber wall frames on both floors, the first-floor roof and gutters. Structural timbers have continued to be erected for the pitched roof over the ground floor market area, which draws inspiration from the semaphore flags used in the maritime industry.

The Welcome Centre is also incorporating recycled materials wherever possible. Of note, is the copper nails that have been salvaged from the 1959 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Contender, Jindivik, that will be used to nail the copper end caps on to the roof rafters. The Jindivik was one of six yachts who retired from the 1959 race and was moored in Eden until a storm washed her onto the rocks and into nearby bush land.

Other sustainable initiatives include:

  • using recycled timber throughout the building
  • installing solar cells on the roof
  • installing energy efficient LED lighting
  • installing rainwater tanks
  • reusing grey water for non-drinking purposes.

Upcoming work for the next few months include:

  • installing the roof sheets, gutters and glazing the pitched roof
  • installing cladding and glazing to the building’s exterior
  • plastering and painting
  • installing internal flooring and lighting
  • installing external pathways.

The Pambula-based Destination Agency worked with a local historian and other local stakeholders to prepare a Heritage Interpretation Plan which is based on the following key themes:

  • Eden’s maritime history and key industries
  • Aboriginal history and storytelling
  • Wildlife artwork panels.

The maritime history pathway will capture the diversity, international connections, industry, entrepreneurship, and importance of Eden as a maritime destination through the lens of ship arrivals. Created by local stonemasons, the plaques would be embedded into the exterior walkway of the Welcome Centre.

The Aboriginal history and storytelling recognises and celebrates the deep and ongoing connection of Aboriginal people to Yuin Guyangal country. The stories will be written by a local Dharawal man with strong Yuin connections, with the support and approval of the Eden Local Aboriginal Land Council. Stories would be embedded within timber panels on the ground floor interior.

The wildlife artwork panels which will depict local wildlife would be routed into external timber panels. The artworks would be designed by Yuin artist, Cheryl Davison, whose work has been showcased by the likes of the National Gallery of Australia and the National Museum of Australia.

The heritage elements will be installed prior to project completion.

Construction hours
Construction will generally be undertaken from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.

Further information

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