Council welcomes Local Economic Recovery Grants

Council has welcomed the second round of the Bushfire Recovery Regional Economic Stimulus and Resilience Grants, which will see more than $2 million invested into local community projects.

04 June 2021
Community

Jointly funded by the Victorian and Commonwealth governments, the Local Economic Recovery Fund’s Bushfire Recovery Regional Economic Stimulus and Resilience Grants aim to stimulate growth and build economic resilience in bushfire affected regions.

Alpine Shire Mayor John Forsyth congratulated the community groups and organisations that worked hard to apply for the funding.

“This is a fantastic example of communities taking the lead on projects to support their recovery from, and preparation for future emergencies,” he said.

“Funding for upgrades to local community facilities will help build resilience and boost emergency preparedness.

“Local projects funded in Round Two include $850,000 for improvements to the Tawonga Community Hall, a project which Council will manage.

“This is a fantastic outcome for communities in the Kiewa Valley - we know how vital community halls are as meeting places, relief centres and places of connection.”

$536,875 has been provided to upgrade the Harrietville Community Hall, along with $470,000 to improve facilities at the Myrtleford Recreation Reserve to improve accessibility and support participation for people of all abilities.

“The Rotary Club of Bright has also received $150,000 to upgrade the popular Rotary water slide in Bright’s Centenary Park,” Cr Forsyth said.

Local community projects include:

  • $850,000 for improvements to the Tawonga Community Memorial Hall that will enable it to be used as a relief centre and better support community events. 
  • $536,875 to upgrade the Harrietville Community Hall that is both a relief centre and operational hub during emergencies. 
  • $470,000 to upgrade facilities at the Myrtleford Recreation Reserve to improve accessibility and enable greater participation for people of all abilities. 
  • $150,000 to replace the much-loved Rotary waterslide on the Ovens River in Bright.
  • $41,000 to a natural disaster recovery and climate change adaptation program to foster rural resilience in emerging leaders in the agriculture sector.  

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