A Federal funding initiative aimed at building community infrastructure is delivering for Yea.
Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, congratulated the Murrindindi Shire Council on receiving $18,125 under Round One of the Federal Government Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) for the Yea ToilART refurbishment project.
Ms McGowan established the Indi Stronger Communities Program Advisory Committee (ISCPAC) to deliver Round One of the SCP. Community priorities guided the application process. Representatives from ICSPAC engaged with community groups to determine eligibility. Indi was allocated $150,000 in the Federal Budget for the SCP in 2015-16.
Some years ago, the community created a mural on the outside of the toilet block for the ToilART initiative. The toilets are a landmark facility for the community of Yea, well used by residents and visitors.
Feedback shows men and some gender diverse people do not feel comfortable using the facilities. This access issue has been highlighted as a priority by the Murrindindi Access and Inclusion Advisory Group. Stage 1 refurbishment of the general toilet block is planned for 2015/16 as a capital project however disabled facilities are not currently part of the scope due to a funding shortfall.
“This funding will allow Council to implement a Stage 2 refurbishment to focus on improving and updating accessible facilities,” Ms McGowan said. “This project will encourage people with mobility issues to get out and about in town, knowing they can use the toilets.”
Ms McGowan thanked the Murrindindi Shire Council for its $35,000 contribution towards the project which has a total cost of $53,125.
“I look forward to visiting Yea and seeing how the community benefits from this successful project,” Ms McGowan said.
Ms McGowan thanked Murrindindi Shire Council CEO Marg Abbey and ISCPAC representative, manager community services Naomi McNamara, for their efforts in the process.
SCP Round Two applications will open on 15 February 2016. Local groups are encouraged to apply for funding to build community-based projects. Please contact Murrindindi Shire Council for details on 5772 0333.