The viability of a new community facility in Apollo Bay will soon be tested thanks to a $20,000 funding boost from the Victorian Government, the Member for Western Victoria Region, Gayle Tierney announced today.
Ms Tierney said the Colac Otway Shire Council would receive a Victorian Community Support Grant for a feasibility study into the construction of a library and commercial kitchen for use by the Apollo Bay community.
“The project has come about following feedback from the local community and if deemed feasible, will become a great space that can be used by residents across the Colac Otway Shire,” Ms Tierney said.
“Community venues to undertake research, participate in community activities and access information technology has been identified as a community priority for Apollo Bay and surrounding townships.
“The commercial kitchen could provide additional community education program opportunities, and will also address the increasing need to provide local groups, including community clubs, with an appropriate facility to prepare meals for fundraising events.
“Good quality community facilities are a common feature of happy, healthy and strong communities and the Victorian Government is delighted to be investing in this wonderful project,” Ms Tierney said.
The Apollo Bay Community Library and Facility Development is one of 13 projects to share in $1.8 million in the latest round of Victorian Community Support Grants.
Minister for Community Development, Peter Batchelor said Victorian Community Support Grants, provides funding to communities that need it most – and to projects that will deliver the best results for local people.
“Since 2004, the Victorian Community Support Grants have delivered more than 300 projects – worth over $54 million – to bring an exciting array of community-based activities to life,” Mr Batchelor said.
“From the creation and upgrade of community facilities through to the development of plans and priorities for the future, these grants help communities to achieve the outcomes that mean the most to them,” he said.
For more information about the Victorian Community Support Grants, visit www.grants.dpcd.vic.gov.au.