Port Campbell’s Community Centre will be expanded and improved with the help of a $225,000 Victorian Government grant announced today by the Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney.
Ms Tierney said the project would create up to 16 employment opportunities for local contractors during construction and will result in a facility better able to cater to Port Campbell’s tourist market.
“The community centre is part of the Port Campbell Recreation Reserve, which offers camping facilities for the overspill from the local caravan and tourist park,” Ms Tierney said.
“The upgraded centre will offer improved services to tourists visiting Port Campbell National Park and the Twelve Apostles, which are a 15km drive away on the magnificent Great Ocean Road.”
Ms Tierney said the redevelopment would also provide an important community facility to the people of Port Campbell.
“The town has only one other venue available for community-based activities, which is offered at commercial rates and is therefore not readily accessible for many community groups and activities,” Ms Tierney said.
“The redeveloped centre will provide flexible hiring and usage options and increase the committee of management’s capacity to raise revenue.
“The project is supported by the Port Campbell Playgroup, Corangamite Shire Family Day Care and Mobile Childcare and the Port Campbell Cricket Club.
“The redeveloped centre will include a new multi-function space, improved kitchen facilities, accessible entry and toilets and additional storage.”
Ms Tierney said the grant for the $300,000 project would be provided through the Brumby Government’s Small Towns Development Fund to Corangamite Shire Council, which was contributing $75,000.
“This project typifies initiatives supported by the Small Towns Development Fund, which are making a big difference to towns in provincial Victoria,” Ms Tierney said.
“The Small Towns Development Fund is helping Victoria’s smaller towns create jobs, drive economic growth and improve community infrastructure.
“So far, the fund has provided $51.1 million toward 486 community and social infrastructure projects worth more than $105.9 million right across provincial Victoria.”