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Wellington Shire halls, recreation reserves, community facilities and paths will be upgraded thanks to $3.27 million in Federal Government funding.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the money will help Wellington Shire support local jobs and businesses and boost the local economy.

“We need to get shovels in the ground on local construction projects to provide a much-needed economic stimulus following the impacts of drought, bushfires and the coronavirus pandemic,” Mr Chester said.

“The Local Roads and Community infrastructure Program helps our councils to complete priority infrastructure projects, while supporting local contractors and suppliers in our region.

“We need to support long-term local jobs and continue to invest in local infrastructure and our economy.

“These projects will help to improve the liveability and attractiveness of our towns for both residents and visitors.”

Projects to receive funding under phase two of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program include, grandstand works at Maffra Lawn Tennis Club ($60,000), cricket net upgrades at Cameron Reserve in Maffra ($160,000), turf wicket installation at Yarram Recreation Reserve ($65,000), main oval LED lighting upgrade at Cowwarr Recreation Reserve ($280,000), air conditioning upgrades at Sale Memorial Hall ($71,500) and fencing upgrades at Baldwin Reserve in Sale.

There’ll also be $150,000 for court surface replacement at the Sale Tennis Courts; $50,000 for electric vehicle charging stations to be installed in Yarram; $1,550,000 to upgrade LED street lighting; $250,000 to upgrade the toilet block at the Port Albert boat ramp; $60,000 for roof repairs to the Yarram Court House; $200,000 for safety improvements to the Dawson/Guthridge Parade intersection in Sale and $274,000 for the urban paths plan project.

Wellington Shire Council received $3.1 million under phase one of the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

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