By Paul Hemsley
The Victorian Government has contributed funds to upgrade three community centres for Golden Plains Shire.
Town hall centre works included upgrades and renovations for Inverleigh Hall, Rokewood Hall, and Mannibadar Hall.
Golden Plains Shire Council contributed $100000 to the projects, while the Victorian Government funded a share of $200000.
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Development, Damien Drum said the halls had received simultaneous upgrades and renovations over the last 18 months.
“Each community hall has received much needed improvements that will ensure they continue to function as central hubs of community and social life in these towns,” Mr Drum said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Peter Ryan said these upgrades will bring more revenue into the towns and improve their economic outlook because of the increase in community activities and social interaction.
“The Victorian Government has recently launched the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund to support and invest in the infrastructure and services needed to drive regional development across the state,” Mr Ryan said.
Golden Plains Shire Recreation Team Leader Michael Hynes said Council managed the project funding and appointment of all contractors.
He said work was outsourced to G&S Morris Construction, James McKenzie Builders, Tony Francis Painters, Gerald Hayes Plumbing and Stack Electrical for Manibadar Hall.
Council contracted G&S Morris Construction and Climatic Air-conditioning Services Australia for Rokewood Hall.
James McKenzie Builders, Gavin Foster Plasterer, Tony Francis Painters, Shaun’s Floors, Matt Ridcak Bricklaying and Dig Design were contracted for Inverleigh Hall.
“The local communities will benefit through potential increased usage; this is due to more user friendly environments, increased heating/cooling climate controls, flooring and acoustic upgrades,” Mr Hynes said.
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