The derelict community hall in Flynn will be replaced and a brand new facility built thanks to $804,000 from the Federal Government.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the grant would enable a complete rebuild of the hall located at the Flynn Recreation Reserve.
“The Flynn community have been advocating for a new hall for a long time and now their hard work has paid off,” Mr Chester said.
“The current structure is very run down and a new hall will give the community a new modern facility that is accessible and user friendly.
“A hall is a place for locals to come together and enjoy each other’s company, whether it be a community fundraiser, performance or social gathering.
“These works will give the wider Flynn community a gathering space to use throughout the year.”
This funding is part of a Federal Government initiative to support drought-affected regions.
“Gippslanders have had a challenging few years with drought, bushfires and now coronavirus,” Mr Chester said.
“This funding from the Federal Government is designed to improve community infrastructure while keeping locals in jobs and helping to stimulate our local economy.
“Supporting local jobs is essential during challenging times and projects such as this provide benefits both now and into the future.
“I will continue to work with Latrobe City Council and communities to secure projects that improve local infrastructure and address the community’s needs.”
Latrobe City Mayor Dan Clancey said the hall rebuild was identified as a priority for the community.
“The new hall will give locals a safe space to gather, participate in sports and celebrate,” Cr Clancey said.
“This project will not only improve local infrastructure but will also support local jobs throughout the building process.
“I am pleased to work together with the Federal Government to support community groups and upgrade infrastructure within our region.”
The Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program funding has been available to Latrobe City, Wellington Shire and East Gippsland Shire to undertake local infrastructure projects and other drought-relief activities. The program provides short-term support to affected areas by boosting local employment and procurement, while also addressing social and community needs.