The residents of Kaniva in the state’s Wimmera-Mallee region now have a new community hub thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford announced in Parliament today the completed project, following the Labor Government’s contribution of $495,000 from its Drought Response Package.
Ms Pulford said construction of the Kaniva Community Hub was funded as the highest priority for the town.
Building on existing facilities, the hub now has a commercial kitchen, function room to seat 100-150 people, meeting room, storage rooms, second-storey viewing boxes with an elevator lift for accessibility, upgrades to three-phase power supply, and an upgraded water supply.
The Kaniva Community Hub will be used as a base for local community sporting clubs and for major annual events such as the Kaniva Show, Kaniva Community Monster Auction, and Kaniva Lions Car and Bike Show – each attracting more than 600 people.
In 2015, the Labor Government released a $27 million Drought Response Package to fund a range of measures including assistance packages, training, infrastructure and events, as well as programs aimed at supporting and strengthening communities in their time of greatest need.
The project was delivered by West Wimmera Shire Council with a Project Control Group comprising representatives of Kaniva’s community organisations, sporting clubs, and Kaniva community.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford
“The drought has had a huge impact on communities right across Victoria and this new community hub in Kaniva will be a huge boost for all in the region.”
“Kaniva locals identified this new community hub as a priority – and we’re proud to announce the doors are officially open.”
“The new community hub will make Kaniva more liveable, and attract more visitors to the town.”