A renovation project will ultimately lead to income raising opportunities for a museum dedicated to maritime history.
Stage one of the Investigator Building renovation project at the Mid North Coast Maritime Museum is complete with the museum now looking to apply for grants to fund stage two.
Mid North Coast Maritime Museum president Ted Kasehagen said the renovated building, when complete, would provide rental possibilities for community functions as well as a space for meetings, film afternoons for members and Hastings Fine Art Association workshops.
The building will also be used for nautical and maritime-themed periodic displays.
Mid North Coast Maritime Museum secretary Jan Howison said the Investigator Building would be an integral part of helping to finance other projects and upkeep the museum and the pilot's precinct.
A $95,000 state government grant funded the renovation project's first stage along with an updated conservation management plan across the museum's three sites.
Stage one of the renovation included the new roof, replacement of exterior walls and some internal work in preparation for stage two.
The finished renovation will feature a revamped interior including a kitchenette and toilet with disability access.
Sliding doors will give access to an outdoor paved area set up with telescopes to watch whales and passing ships and give views of Bird Island.
There will be car parking linked to Maritime Lane and pathways.
The stage two building cost is estimated at about $65,000.
The Mid North Coast Maritime Museum acknowledged the voluntary contribution from experts Ian Bassett and Michelle Chapman.
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