Support for more community-led projects across the region

A further eight community-led projects across Baw Baw Shire, Latrobe City and Wellington Shire will share in nearly $900,000 from the Latrobe Valley Authority’s Community and Facility Fund.

ArcYinnar has received a $228,935 grant to upgrade the gallery space and increase energy efficiency. The project includes new insulation, hydronic underfloor heating, double-glazed windows, skylights and solar panels. The group also previously received a grant from the Fund to develop concept plans and a cost plan for the upgrade.

Labertouche Hall has received a $117,950 grant to complete essential upgrades to the building, including replacement of the roof, repairs to the ceiling and flooring, and an upgrade to the electrical connections.

Accessibility and safety will be improved at Trafalgar Bowling Club after receiving a $89,585 grant for new DDA-compliant amenities, entry ramps and electronic doors, and replacement of old damaged carpet.

Thorpdale Multi-Purpose Stadium will be refurbished to improve safety thanks to a $55,962 grant towards new floors, basketball boards and nets, and painting the building’s interior and exterior.

Not-for-profit Gippslandia has received a $18,571 grant to build organisational capacity, with board members to undertake governance training and develop a strategic plan for the free quarterly magazine.

Loch Sport Golf Club has received a $163,212 grant towards building a new facility at the Charles Street Reserve that will provide a more accessible and safe facility for users of the Club. The existing building will be demolished to make way for the new Clubhouse.

Carrajung Community Group has received a $129,597 grant to carry out essential works at the Carrajung Hall through securing the building’s structural integrity, installation of DDA-compliant amenities and new all access entry and parking.

The Lake Wellington Yacht Club has received $92,757 to improve accessibility at its Marlay Point facilities, including new entry ramps, disabled parking bays and DDA-compliant amenities. It complements a strategic planning grant the Club received from the Fund in 2018 which identified a need to address significant participation barriers faced by members of the community.

More than 180 different 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.