Funding for more community spaces

Four more loved community spaces across Latrobe City and Wellington Shire will be upgraded thanks to Victorian Government funding.

The Glengarry Mechanics Institute will receive a much-needed facelift thanks to a $159,660 grant to renovate the building which is over 100 years old. The project includes restoration of the weatherboard fa├žade, new flooring, drainage and structural repairs, and installation of accessible amenities and entry ramps.

Club Astoria German Australian Society will receive $36,569 to undertake essential improvements to their Morwell facility. It includes the replacement of damaged stumps and floor repairs, and replacement of windows and walls, improving comfort for members and allowing them to continue to run their popular community events well into the future.

Glenmaggie Mechanics Institute will be transformed thanks to a $71,639 grant to upgrade the sitting room and library space, new flooring, repainting and new accessible toilets. It will enhance community access and allow the hall to attract larger events to the local area.

Accessibility and safety will be improved at the Stratford RSL, with the sub-branch receiving $62,251 to enhance their facilities. The upgrades will include installing accessible toilets, widening internal doorways, and improving access to the building’s main entrances. It will mean users of the facility no longer have to cross the road to use public toilets, enabling increased participation and comfort.

More than 230 community groups across the Latrobe Valley region are now seeing the benefits of improved facilities thanks to the Victorian Government’s Community and Facility Fund, delivered as part of the Latrobe Valley Authority’s $266 million package.

The $20 million Fund is now fully subscribed, with LVA staff continuing to work with individual groups to complete projects already underway.