Recovery Boost For The Scotsburn Community

02 September 2016

The Andrews Labor Government continues to support the Scotsburn community’s recovery from last year’s bushfire, with a $924,000 funding boost for landscape rehabilitation and a new community hub.

Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced the additional funding while attending the Scotsburn Community Fire Planning Workshop.

At the workshop, Mr Merlino spoke with community members about the relief and recovery efforts following the bushfires that affected the area in December 2015.

The Labor Government will provide $624,000 to the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority to restore and revegetate bushfire affected areas. The CMA will work alongside the community and farmers to deliver this.

The Moorabool Shire Council will receive a $300,000 grant to deliver the Clarendon Community Hub Project, located on the Clarendon Recreation Reserve in Scotsburn.

The community hub will include a new building with kitchen facilities, a social area, additional toilets and amenities to cater for large community groups for a variety of activities.

The community has also secured in-kind labour of approximately $30,000 to assist with the redevelopment of the Clarendon Recreation Reserve.

Plans for the hub are part of the Clarendon Recreation Reserve Masterplan, developed by the Clarendon Recreation Reserve Committee in consultation with the community.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino

“The Labor Government will continue to support the Scotsburn community every step of the way as they recover from the December 2015 fires.”

“A new community hub and continued work on restoring bushfire affected areas will go a long way in backing in this great area as it recovers.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard

“This continued support will help the Scotsburn community as it recovers from the fires.”

“The new Community Hub will be a fantastic facility and provide a real focus for the area.”

Quotes attributable to Chief Executive Officer Moorabool Shire Council Rob Croxford

“I am pleased to accept this grant on behalf of the Scotsburn community, which is still in recovery from the bushfires that impacted the region in December 2015.”

“The Clarendon Hub will bring the community together on many levels and will provide a diverse platform for community activities.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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