Toolong Hall will be given a new lease of life with a major upgrade backed by a $110,000 Brumby Government grant.
Announcing the funding today, Member for Western Victoria said revitalising the hall was a priority for the township’s 150 residents.
She said the upgrade would produce benefits across the community, from playgroups to emergency response CFA meetings.
“The hall is an important community asset but poor amenities are restricting its use,” Ms Tierney said.
“This is the only public gathering space within the Toolong area and investing in upgrading facilities will be a great boost for the community.
“Refurbishing and extending the hall and providing new facilities and quality amenities will secure its use for the widest range of events and activities.
“There will be opportunities for more public and private meetings, functions and community celebrations and emergency management.
“The upgraded hall will reinforce residents’ sense of place and well being and encourage active community involvement.”
The $160,000 Project – to be managed by Moyne Shire Council – will include:
• renovating the kitchen;
• building a storage area;
• building new toilets within the hall and an access ramp; and
• Installing a rainwater tank.
Ms Tierney said the local CFA group had undertaken to make a substantial investment in the upgrade in return for extended use for meetings and public activities such as information sessions or emergency response.
She said play groups, mothers’ groups, resident meetings, birthdays and other private celebrations could benefit from the works program.
The grant is from the Brumby Government’s Small Towns Development Fund, through Regional Development Victoria.
Ms Tierney said the fund was helping small towns upgrade infrastructure, create work and boost economic activity.