URALLA'S Visitor Information Centre (VIC) will get a half-a-million dollar facelift in an effort to boost tourism.
What to do with the building has been the subject of back-and-forth between Uralla Shire Council for at least two years with extensive workshops and community consultation.
Mayor Michael Pearce said it was great to see plans for the centre come to fruition.
"The thoughts have been around for a long time and things should get moving from next month so it is exciting," he said.
"We still get a fair few caravans travelling through, but once the borders open we expect to see them back in droves so having an attractive VIC and promoting sites around the shire is important.
"It was time to polish up a few things so we are fortunate to have that funding from the state government."
The $500,000 announced by Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall will go toward the removal of internal walls, a new garden area, upgraded disabled car park and benches made from old bridge timber.
The new garden will include a small waterfall, natives, and a 'bush tucker' area with information about traditional Aboriginal food sources.
Mr Marshall said the new look will increase the wow factor and encourage travellers to stop in Uralla.
"This is an exciting development, which I think will greatly increase the number of people stopping into the visitor centre and choosing to stay and make the most of Uralla's hospitality," he said.