The Andrews Labor Government is backing community groups and projects across the Wellington Shire in Gippsland, with more than $172,000 awarded today for key initiatives.

Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett announced the latest community groups to receive support from the Labor Government’s Latrobe Valley Authority’s Community and Facility Fund.

The latest grant recipients include:

• Giffard West Hall – $69,844 grant for accessibility improvements including a DDA-compliant unisex toilet, disabled car parking, and DDA-compliant access between the Hall and the toilets. The Hall will also replace the kitchen stove, install LED lighting and two air conditioning units for improved comfort and efficiency.
• Port Albert Mechanics Hall – $53,039 grant to improve accessibility and security, including installation of a front porch, kitchen upgrade, safety fencing and security lighting.
• Sale Senior Citizens Club – $19,087 grant for upgrades to the Desailly Street clubrooms including lighting upgrade, replacement of old and damaged floor coverings, upgrade men’s toilet, and internal painting.
• Briagolong and District Pony Club – $12,670 grant to improve safety by replacing fencing and holding stalls.
• Stratford Cemetery Trust – $17,625 grant to construct a garden and memorial to commemorate WWII service personnel.

More than 180 different community groups across the Latrobe Valley region are now seeing the benefits of improved facilities thanks to the 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.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett

“We’re so proud to support community projects right across the Gippsland region that we know will make a huge difference to people’s lives.”

“Whether it be through funding for the Mechanics Hall at Port Albert, the Sale Senior Ctiizens Club or helping the Stratford community deliver a garden memorial to honour our WWII personnel, we’re getting on with it.”