Council Allocates Funds to Support Lords Reserve Community Hub Grant
Wednesday, 21 July, 2021 - 11:30
After completing the design of the Lords Reserve Community Hub in 2019-20, Mansfield Shire Council last night allocated $510,000, in addition to an in-kind contribution of $170,000 toward an application for a grant to fund the $3.4million development.
Mansfield Shire Mayor, Cr Mark Holcombe said the Community Hub was designed to address the challenges of existing sports facilities and recreation reserves in the Shire, including ageing infrastructure, and changing community needs and expectations from a growing population.
“The project scope includes the upgrade of existing facilities at Lords Reserve and the construction of new buildings to form a multi-user Community Hub including change rooms, toilets, kitchen facilities and a well-proportioned meeting space, together with associated landscaping and civil works to formalise car parking and improve pedestrian connectivity. The project is shovel ready, so Council is keen to support the application,” Cr Holcombe said.
“This Regional Development Victoria funding provides a 4:1 grant, so as part of the application for a total project cost of $3.4million, we have allocated $680,000 in cash and in-kind contributions,” he said.
“In addition to delivering facilities the local community needs, having a $3.4million construction project in town will offer employment and flow-on benefits to local businesses”.
Cr Holcombe said the Community Hub meets the Regional Infrastructure Fund’s (RIF) Round 2 eligibility criteria on these two issues and the requirement to stimulate community activity.
“It also meets the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership’s Health and Wellbeing objectives and is listed in our Council Plan as part of our Sports Facilities Strategy.
“Council has been listening to community feedback that our existing facilities are grossly inadequate and we know many are nearing the end of their useful asset life. On behalf of the community we are excited at the prospect of attracting this funding and a new, purpose-designed facility for our community.”
The application is due on 10 August and it is expected a decision will be announced in October.