The Dartmoor Community Recreation Reserve will receive a new boundary fence with the help of a $40,000 Victorian Government grant announced today by Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney.
Representing Regional and Rural Development Minister Jacinta Allan, Ms Tierney said the grant would be provided to Glenelg Shire Council through the Small Towns Development Fund and would directly assist the Dartmoor community to respond to the recent closure of the Dartmoor timber mill.
“The Dartmoor community identified the project as a priority during a recent community workshop hosted by Regional Development Victoria, Glenelg Shire Council and the Dartmoor Progress Association,” Ms Tierney said.
“The $54,250 project will enable the construction of a new 875-metre chain mesh fence on the surveyed boundary of the Dartmoor Recreation Reserve.
“It will enable the community to attract and stage a wider range of sporting and community events in Dartmoor; and enhance the safety of event patrons.
“The eastern boundary of the Reserve is within 30 metres of the main road linking the Princes Highway with the township, posing an obvious safety risk to families attending sporting and community events at the venue.
“The project will enhance the facilities for several community groups including the Dartmoor Football Netball Club, Dartmoor Cricket Club, Dartmoor Primary School, Dartmoor Progress Association, and Dartmoor & District Sporting Association.”
Ms Tierney said the project typified initiatives supported by the Brumby Government’s Small Towns Development Fund, which were making a big difference to towns in provincial Victoria.
“The Small Towns Development Fund is helping Victoria’s smaller towns create jobs, drive economic growth and improve community infrastructure,” Ms Allan said.
“So far, the Fund has provided $37 million towards 401 projects worth $77.8 million, right across provincial Victoria.
“The Brumby Government has allocated $66 million to the Small Towns Development Fund since it was established in 2003.”