The Cabbage Tree Creek Community Hall is set for an upgrade following a $12,200 investment by the Victorian Coalition Government from its $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.
Secretary of the Cabbage Tree Creek Hall Committee of Management, Kathy Woods, said the Committee welcomed the funding to help further the restoration of a wonderful community asset.
“The committee of management has been working hard to bring the hall back to life and once again become the centre of the local community.
“Achievements have been many, including restumping and reroofing the hall building, sealing the car park, refurbishing the toilet facility and purchasing new cupboards and benches to construct a useable kitchen.
“The hall now houses a library, children’s toy room (under development) and a small gym, has been used for birthday and other celebrations and hopefully there will be a ‘Back to Cabbage Tree Creek’ event in the not too distant future,” she said.
Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said the funding towards the $16,267 project would be used to repair termite damage to the doors and windows which will enable the hall to retain heat more effectively in the winter months.
“Retired members of the community use the gym equipment twice weekly, which delivers great physical and social health benefits that were only available at Orbost.
“A local project manager with extensive experience in building, carpentry and drafting, will oversee the work, which will be performed by local tradespeople.”
Mr Bull said Cabbage Tree’s current population of about 60 residents was expected to increase following the renovation and sale of what were formerly timber worker’s houses.
“The project is supported by long term resident families, as the hall has been a very important part of the community's history and heritage,” he said.
Mr Bull said the Victorian Government was proud to invest in the project with funding from its Regional Growth Fund provided to the Cabbage Tree Creek Hall Committee of Management, which would contribute close to $4000.
For more information about the Regional Growth Fund visit www.rdv.vic.gov.au/regional-growth-fund