Wyndham City has purchased an important piece of Werribee’s history – the former Palais Theatre site in Station Place.
The site, which is currently tenanted, opened in 1928 as the Picture Palais theatre and cinema and has since had several reincarnations.
Wyndham City Mayor, Councillor Jennie Barrera, said Council’s decision to purchase this site formed part of the ongoing rejuvenation of the Werribee City Centre.
“In recent years Wyndham City has invested heavily in the Werribee City Centre, including a $13 million redevelopment of Wyndham Park, reactivation of the Bridge Hotel and the Hunter Werribee building with Holiday Inn, offices, shops and public parking,” Cr Barrera said.
“Council’s strategic decision to purchase the old Palais Theatre site means we’re able to guide the type of development that we will see there in the future, in keeping with our vision for the Werribee City Centre.”
Wyndham City’s Future Focused Economy portfolio holder, Councillor Mia Shaw, added: “This acquisition is all about making Werribee City Centre a more vibrant and exciting place to be for our residents and visitors, and will ensure a lasting legacy for our community.”
“Council will now work closely with the current tenants as we look at the long-term future of the site.”