Funds to flow for essential Gippsland community facilities

The Australian Government is delivering on its commitment to support East Gippsland communities rebound from devastating bushfires, with funding deeds now executed for the Sarsfield Recreation Reserve and Community Hall upgrade ($3.6 million), and for the Ensay Recreation Reserve Revitalisation project ($2.3 million).

The upgrades will transform community-run facilities that are not only utilised for important local programs, but function as emergency evacuation points during natural disasters.

The Sarsfield upgrade will deliver a multi-purpose community centre with flexible meeting and activity space, a children’s play space, adult exercise area, tennis and basketball facilities, walking and cycling trails, a landscaped picnic area and parking improvements, among other works.

The Ensay revitalisation will upgrade camping and recreation facilities for community events and tourists, offering locals the opportunity to gather and fostering social interaction.

The projects are expected to support around 15 jobs during construction.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories, and Member for Eden-Monaro, the Hon Kristy McBain MP:

“Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with the committees behind the Sarsfield and Ensay projects in East Gippsland, who have worked extremely hard to demonstrate how these upgrades will support diverse community activities and enhance their local economies.

“I particularly want to thank these communities for their constructive campaigns since the change of government to ensure these remained priority projects, and also acknowledge the Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester, for helping them navigate this process.

“The Albanese Labor Government recognise the importance of these upgrades, which is why we allocated funding in black and white in our Budget to get them across the line. I am so pleased that the formal funding agreements have now been signed, so that these crucial upgrades can get underway.

“Our $5.9 million funding will also ensure these communities can access these upgraded facilities during future natural disasters – which means they can be better prepared and stay connected and safe.”