The Member for Melton, Don Nardella, today represented the Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, at the official opening of the improved Bacchus Marsh community hall.
The project upgrade included new kitchen facilities, improved accessibility, a new kitchenette in the main hall, as well as upgrade other amenities and storage facilities.
The Bacchus Marsh Public Hall opened in 1883 as a Mechanics Institute, Free Library and Shire Offices and remains a place for public meetings, functions of all types, dances, and as a theatre.
The Victorian Government provided Moorabool Shire Council with a grant of $180,000 to improve the Bacchus Marsh Public Hall and allow it to continue providing a meeting place for the community years after 130 years of operation.
The hall’s management committee provided $15,000 to the project and Moorabool Shire Council provided $55,000.
The $250,000 hall upgrade will enable residents and local groups to organise events, major exhibitions, skills development and training courses, performances, and major functions, without having to travel to other areas.
It will help local people feel more part of the community and more able to take part in community activities close to home. The hall upgrade has greatly increased the building’s overall accessibility and it’s expected to boost usage by up to 20 per cent.
The Moorabool Shire Council population is expected to grow to 32,700 by 2016, which is a 2.1% annual growth rate. The upgraded hall will help to service the population growth, which is centralised around Bacchus Marsh.
The State Government has a firm commitment to helping regional Victoria meet its full economic and social potential. In the recently launched Regional Statement, the Government announced a number of new initiatives that will help build stronger, more resilient and more prosperous communities.
The Member for Melton, Don Nardella, said:
“Community halls are important parts of any town’s infrastructure. The State Government has a firm commitment to helping regional Victoria meet its full economic and social potential.”
The Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, said:
“Supporting projects like this is the aim of our $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund which will support major projects, create jobs and build stronger regional communities.”