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Volunteers at the Rosedale Recreation Reserve have received a Federal Government grant for storage facilities and furniture. Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester announced the Rosedale Recreation Reserve Committee had secured a grant of $4600 to purchase storage units for maintenance equipment and additional chairs and tables.

He said volunteers played a vital role in uniting communities and providing opportunities for young people to reach their potential.

“The Rosedale committee relies heavily on volunteers to carry out maintenance and for the upkeep of the reserve and its facilities,” Mr Chester said.

“This funding will be used to purchase storage units to protect and secure equipment and supplies, and also to purchase additional tables and chairs so the volunteers don’t have to move furniture from one area to another.”

Rosedale Recreation Reserve is home to the Rosedale Football and Netball Club, Rosedale Kilmany Cricket Club, Rosedale Men’s Shed, and Rosedale Junior Football Club.

The reserve also provides a venue for local organisations to run training and development programs.

The groups have a combined 500 members, uniting locals from a range of age groups. Secretary of the Rosedale Recreation Reserve Committee Alanna Diamond said the funding would support volunteers from all clubs based at the reserve.

“Like most clubs across the region, we rely on volunteers and appreciate anything we can do to make their work a little easier,” Mrs Diamond said.

“Being able to leave equipment and supplies at the ground, instead of asking volunteers to collect them from an outside location saves them time and the inconvenience, as does the purchase of additional furniture instead of constantly asking volunteers to move tables and chairs from one area to another.”

Mrs Diamond encouraged locals to get involved in volunteering, saying the friendship and support that came from being part of a club helped the community to prosper.

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