The Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre has been closed since March 2020 due to COVID-19, however there may be good news on the horizon.
Gum San tells the history of Ararat's birth, the only city in Australia to be founded by Chinese and brings to life the 19th century struggle of the immigrant Chinese miners and their difficulties on the Victorian Goldfields.
Ararat Rural City council chief executive Dr Tim Harrison said he hoped the heritage centre could open soon.
"Council are very keen to reopen Gum San," he said.
"We are currently working with the friends of Gum San group to work on a model that we can work together with to open Gum San up to the public again as soon as possible."
In early 2020 Ararat Rural City Council decided to temporarily close Gum San and all non-essential services to reducing the possible spread of COVID-19.
The Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre provides a snapshot of the Chinese culture from the 1800s through to the modern day.
The Centre was opened in April 2001 and is owned and operated by Ararat Rural City Council in conjunction with the Friends of Gum San.
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