Benalla’s Senior Citizens Centre has just been granted $18125 to go towards renovation of the building.
Benalla Rural City Council Mayor Justin King said the grant was from the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program to assist in the upgrade of the Senior Citizens Centre.
‘‘This is very welcome funding to help us improve this valuable and well-used community asset, providing another accessible meeting space where people can come together,’’ Cr King said.
‘‘This is another example of community and government partnerships yielding great results, with this grant and the $20000 contribution each from the council and U3A funding the project.’’
Benalla Rural City Council and U3A each provided $20000 for the project, which has a total cost of $58125.
Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan congratulated the Benalla Rural City Council on receiving the funding.
‘‘The project will include converting an under-utilised area within the centre to establish a multi-purpose community meeting room,’’ Ms McGowan said.
‘‘This will involve the installation of storage cupboards, a data projector and meeting room facilities.’’
The centre supports a range of community groups, activities and events, including Benalla Ball Room dancing, U3A, Benalla Senior Singers, Seniors Meals, Benalla Bridge Club, Benalla Carpet Bowls, Benalla Tai Chi, Seniors Computer Group and the Benalla Line Dancing Group.
‘‘This project will strengthen volunteer capacity, build inclusiveness and contribute to a vibrant and viable community,’’ Ms McGowan said.
The Senior Citizens Community Centre is also a designated relief centre for the summer (heatwaves) and supports a range of community groups, activities and events.