• Victorian Coalition Government providing $271,500 from $1 billion Regional Growth Fund for Merton Hall Refurbishment Project
• Project to rejuvenate community facility will boost economy and provide jobs during construction
• The Regional Growth Fund has delivered almost $440 million, generating over $1.8 billion of total investment across 1600 projects
Nationals Member for Benalla Bill Sykes today announced that the Victorian Coalition Government is investing $271,500 from the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund to rejuvenate the 91 year-old Merton Memorial Hall.
Making the announcement on behalf of the Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan, Dr Sykes said, “The Merton Memorial Hall has been a focal point for the small community of Merton since 1923.
“Over almost a century of use the building has reflected the dynamics of an ever changing country town – from hosting children’s nativity plays to becoming a refuge during bushfires.
“Unfortunately, due to its current state of disrepair, the hall is not used as fully as it once was.
“This project will greatly improve the functionality of the building and modernise its amenities and appearance.”
Member for Seymour Cindy McLeish said, “It will give residents of Merton new and improved facilities to enjoy, fostering greater connections within the growing community.
“The project will also create jobs and provide local businesses with work during the construction phase.”
Nationals candidate for Eildon Mr Child said the extensive upgrade of the Hall would include removing asbestos before building works begin, replastering, painting, roofing and insulating the existing building, reconfiguring the space, rewiring the building and installing heating and cooling, the addition of a kitchen, toilets and veranda, and landscaping that includes, paving, rear parking and a barbecue.
Mr Ryan said Victorian Government funding towards the $362,000 Merton Hall Refurbishment project would be provided through the Regional Growth Fund to Mansfield Shire Council, which would provide $68,625 through cash and in-kind. The balance of $21,875 would be provided by the Merton community.
“The Regional Growth Fund is investing in community-led projects to drive jobs, investment and innovation in rural and regional Victoria,” Mr Ryan said.
“Since it was established in 2011, the Regional Growth Fund has delivered almost $440 million, generating $1.8 billion of total investment across 1600 projects.”
In Mansfield Shire, the Regional Growth Fund has provided $3.4 million to 16 projects, leveraging $7.8 million in total investment. These projects include:
• $375,000 for the $750,000 Mt Buller Mt Stirling EPIC Mountain Bike Trail Project – Element Two;
• $169,500 for Yarck Hall upgrade; and
• $49,500 for the $61,895 Mansfield Community Leadership Program.
The project is expected to be complete in November 2016.