Yinnar and District Historical Society and Museum will upgrade its storage facilities thanks to a $46,000 grant from the Federal Government.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the grant would be used to build a new storage shed behind the original museum.
“The Yinnar and District Historical Society have preserved so much local history,” Mr Chester said.
“This additional storage shed will allow the society to continue to collect and store items and machinery and rotate what it has displayed in an accessible location.”
The funding is part of a Federal Government initiative to support drought affected regions.
“Gippsland has faced many challenges with the drought, bushfires and ongoing effects of coronavirus,” Mr Chester said.
“This funding will help to stimulate the local economy, support local jobs and improve community facilities.
“I will continue to work with Latrobe City Council and the community to improve local community infrastructure.”
Yinnar and District Historical Society President Phillip Williams said the group had been showcasing items in the museum since 1991.
“The museum was originally a railway goods shed and we have worked to ensure it has remained as true to its original form as possible,” Mr Williams said.
“The new storage shed will give us more space to store the items and continue to add to our collection.
“Yinnar has a rich history and the museum allows us to share that with the community and visitors.”
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.