The Victorian Government is supporting the upgrade of open space in Barwon Downs with a $120,000 grant announced today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney.
“Barwon Down has a central piece of open space that is neglected, run down and badly in need of attention,” Ms Tierney said.
“With space located in a prime position on the main road adjacent to the general store there is significant potential for the park to be a visible attraction for visitors to stop in town.
“As well as servicing the local community, it could also become a place to acknowledge local history and a tourist attraction.
“The project involves redeveloping and formalising the town’s only open space area; including establishing pathways, constructing an information centre, fencing, picnic facilities, landscaping and signage.”
Ms Tierney said redeveloping the open space on the main street would provide visitors with a place to stop and rest and provide much needed historical and visitor information.
“The project will deliver economic benefits to the town’s General Store, which is the only business within a 30-kilometre radius that offers fuel,” Ms Tierney said
“It will provide an attraction and point of difference for visitors through a replica of Australia’s smallest operating bank, which was once located in the town, housing visitor and historical information.
“And the project will enhance the liveability of the town through the improvement and beautification of the town centre, making it more attractive to visitors.”
Ms Tierney said the grant for the $180,000 Barwon Downs Park Upgrade Stage 1 project would be provided through the Brumby Government’s Small Towns Development Fund to Colac Otway Shire Council, which is contributing $40,000 with the remaining funds to be provided by the community through cash and in-kind support.
“The Small Towns Development Fund is helping Victoria’s smaller towns create jobs, drive economic growth and improve community infrastructure,” Ms Tierney said.
“So far, the fund has provided $38.5 million toward 418 community and social infrastructure projects worth $82.8 million right across provincial Victoria.
“The Brumby Government has allocated $61 million to the Small Towns Development Fund since it was established in 2003, including an extra $5 million and an improved funding ratio for small municipalities as part of Moving Forward: Update – The Next Two Years.
“Moving Forward: Update – The Next Two Years is a $68 million package that sets out a series of Brumby Government actions in regional and rural Victoria until 2010.”