Central Deborah’s Panning Shed has been re-purposed as a venue.

Central Deborah Gold Mine has unveiled the Panning Shed, a new function space, with a distinctly Bendigo flavour,

As a tourist attraction, Central Deborah uses The Panning Shed during the day to show off the massive crushing battery machinery as well as allowing visitors to try their hand at gold panning.

At night, however, the shed has now been transformed into a unique venue, with a fully serviced bar, which allows patrons to celebrate while immersing their guests in the Bendigo’s rich gold rush history.

“Bendigo wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the discovery of gold back in 1851 and Central Deborah Gold Mine is a living reminder of the city’s gold rush past,” Bendigo Heritage Attractions CEO Peter Abbott said.

“Having a function in among all the old mine machinery with the poppet head towering over you provides a certain atmosphere that you can’t experience anywhere else.”

By making this space available for function hire, it is hoped that more locals in Bendigo will visit.

Central Deborah Gold Mine, which sees most of its visitors coming from elsewhere in Victoria, Australia and internationally.

“The mine is such an integral part of Bendigo’s cultural fabric and we believe that getting locals to embrace the cultural history of their hometown is essential to ensure that historic sites, such as the mine, are maintained and treasured for future generations to enjoy,” Mr Abbott said.

“We are hoping to see lots of locals booking their next function at Central Deborah and showing their support for Bendigo’s heritage.”

To find out more about the Panning Shed visit www.central-deborah.com or call 5443 8255.