Local, Independant and Effective
December 01, 2017

Local action scores upgrade for Boweya Community Centre

Residents of Boweya will enjoy upgraded facilities for activities and events, thanks to community action and a Commonwealth grant of $18,125, says Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan.

The project, which will cost $36,250 in total, has received the grant from the Stronger Communities Programme. Benalla Rural City Council has provided $5000, and the Boweya Community Centre Inc Group has made in-kind contributions.

“Congratulations to the Boweya community which has worked with Council to identify the need for upgraded facilities, developed plans and raised funds to make it happen,” Ms McGowan said.

The Boweya Community Centre is an important hub that supports a range of activities including the CFA and Landcare. The project will increase local community participation and strengthen community connections by providing a meeting space to support a broad range of community activities, events and as an emergency management staging area.

“The upgrade of the Centre will enable the facility to be functional and accessible to a diverse range of community members and groups ensuring that it is inclusive, safe and accessible for all,” Ms McGowan said.

The works include construction and installation of an accessibility ramp, upgrade to electrical fittings and lights, interior and exterior painting of the building including doors and windows, roof works, repairs to utility equipment, and energy efficiency measures.

President of the Boweya Community Group Noel James said the project has been in development for around four years.

“The upgrade means a whole new perspective for the community,” Mr James said.

“This will really bolster the community. We are looking forward to work starting in early 2018.”

Mayor of Benalla Rural City Cr Don Firth said: "We congratulate the community of Boweya on receiving Federal Government funding towards the upgrade. The community has worked very hard to raise funds to improve this asset and it is good recognition of the benefit this work will bring and of the hard work of a number of people."

Further funding for community projects is available through the Commonwealth’s Building Better Regions Fund community stream. Projects under $20,000 do not require matching funding. Information on BBRF here

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