STAWELL - Minister for Regional Australia, Local Government and Territories, Catherine King is pleased priorities have been set for four projects in the Northern Grampians Shire.
Mr King said that following the Rudd Labor Government's commitment of $364,059 under the Regional Development Australia Fund Round Five, the Northern Grampians Shire Council has identified four projects as priorities for the local communities.
"The community will be thrilled to hear that the Northern Grampians Shire Council has identified the refurbishment of the St Arnaud Heritage Town Hall, the refurbishment of the Stawell Entertainment Centre, the Pool Treatment Upgrade to the Stawell Leisure Centre and upgrades to the playgrounds of Great Western Memorial Park and Navarre as priority projects," Ms King said.
"Locals have been campaigning for these for some time, and it will be great to see these refurbishments and upgrades making a real difference for the local communities."
Labor's Candidate for Mallee, Lydia Senior said funding for these projects is a well-deserved win for the community.
"It's great to see the public pools within the Stawell Leisure Centre receiving an upgrade with a safer water treatment system so these facilities can continue to be used by the community into the future," Ms Senior said.
"The Great Western Memorial Park and Navarre playgrounds will provide additional play equipment and park furniture with soft fall to ensure children are safe and happy.
Ms Senior said that the Stawell Entertainment Centre would be refurbished to improve usage and functionality.
"The entertainment centre is Stawell's community hub so the seating upgrades and the new and functional multi-purpose room will be welcomed," Ms Senior said.
"The upgrades to the Heritage Town Hall will also provide better community access for meetings and other uses."
Funding for these projects is already in the Budget and will be allocated from the Federal Government's Regional Development Australia Found Round Five. Under this round, grants were allocated to every council in Australia, giving each the opportunity to make their community's voice heard by submitting priority local projects.