Hamilton Institute of Rural Learning
The eye-catching, environmentally sensitive building at HIRL was designed by students from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Aimed at providing new skills to the long-term unemployed, the building was funded by community employment programmes and completed in 1986.
The mud-brick building with high soaring galvanized iron roof supported by massive re-claimed power poles is a sight to see. Upon entering the complex, interest is maintained by the reclaimed slate and redgum parquetry flooring inlaid with Eastern Barred Bandicoot designs.
Featured in the HIRL grounds are several organic vegetable and flower gardens.