Council Invests in its Community Halls
Published on 26 June 2020
Upgrades totaling $162,000 for four Moyne Shire community facilities at The Sisters, Ellerslie, Hexham School and Purnim, are amongst the list of major capital projects included in Council’s 2020/21 Budget.
Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Daniel Meade, said Council is focused on investing in its communities through upgrades to infrastructure and renewed facilities.
“This year, a high priority will be given to upgrading our local halls to improve the functionality and accessibility of facilities available to our community members.” Cr Meade said.
“Plans for the next 12 months include new flooring at The Sisters Hall ($70k), replacement of weatherboards to protect and improve the Ellerslie Hall ($35k), remedial works at the Hexham School hall building ($32k) and new footpaths and parking at the Purnim Hall ($25k).”
Cr Meade said the funding allocated to the hall upgrades will benefit the wider community and meet the needs of a range of people who use these facilities.
“Improvements to the infrastructure, accessibility and facilities of these venues will provide enhanced spaces for locals to connect with family, friends and community groups,” Cr Meade said.
“In light of the coronavirus pandemic, providing better opportunities for social interactions and inclusion within the community has never been more important.
“These infrastructure works will also provide opportunities for local businesses, with Council committed to using Moyne tradespeople where possible.”
Local resident and Chair of the Purnim Hall committee and community group, Geoff Rollinson, believes the installation of footpaths and disabled parking at Purnim Hall will improve safety and accessibility for more residents and visitors to the town.
“The Purnim Hall provides many opportunities for our local members to congregate and is also used as a voting centre on election polling days,” Mr Rollinson said.
“The new footpath and parking will allow people of all abilities to safely access the hall and participate in the wide range of activities held throughout the year.”
Funds are also allocated to a new playground at Peterborough and upgrades to the Koroit Early Years facility, estimated at a total of $175,000.
“These capital projects will provide a boost to liveability for our residents and also support long-term initiatives such as community activities and events,” Cr Meade said.