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Highfield Historic Site at Stanley has never looked better, following the completion of a $430,000 project to conserve buildings at the site and install a commercial kitchen at the threshing barn.

Northwest Regional manager Nic Deka said the barn, which was originally two buildings dating back to 1828 and 1838, was the focus of the conservation and restoration works.

"The works have transformed the barn to be one of the North-west's unique function centres, suitable for weddings and community events hosting up to 100 people," Mr Deka said.

"The barn now boasts a new roof, new electrical system and lighting, and importantly, disabled access. A new commercial kitchen means that catering for functions can be done professionally by contract caterers. The stone walls and new timber floor of the barn make it a beautiful space when dressed up for events."

Other significant conservation works at the site included restoration and painting of the exterior of Highfield House, works to the chapel and the stables.

Mr Deka said Highfield has already established itself as a sought-after function location for weddings, and these improvements will only strengthen that appeal.

"The revenue generated will be significant and those ongoing funds will help to conserve and present the site into the future," he said.

"The improvements will also have signficant benefits for Stanely, as a wedding with 100 guests draws visitors from interstate who will stay for the weekend, with considerable flow-on benefits to local hospitality and tourism operators."

Mr Deka thanked the Highfield Advisory Committee which has championed the cause of Highfield over many years, and lobbied hard to see this project to fruition. He also acknowledged the support for Highfield from the Circular Head Council, Stanley Chamber of Commerce, the Circular Head Tourism Association, and Parks staff.