PREMIER Denis Napthine flew into Mailors Flat yesterday afternoon to announce a $452,000 funding grant to redevelop the community hall.
A new carpark, public toilets, barbecue area, landscaping and improved drainage is planned for the hall and the tennis courts will be relocated to an adjacent block of land at the rear of the hall.
“This redevelopment will give local families and young people a great space to relax and enjoy healthy activities while encouraging the greater use of the Mailors Flat hall by community groups and local residents,” Dr Napthine said.
“The project will transform the current tennis courts at the front of the hall into an attractive recreation space with a rebound tennis wall, basketball and netball ring as well as space for children to ride bikes and scooters.
“This really will be a great investment for the community of Mailors Flat.”
The project, which is jointly funded by the state government and the Moyne Shire, is the culmination of six years of lobbying by the Mailors Flat Progress Association.
Dr Napthine said the Mailors Flat community identified the project as its number one priority and an expansion of the hall would attract and accommodate alternate users in the future.
“The whole design has been driven by the community,” he said.
“Shared spaces and recreation facilities such as this are important to creating strong and healthy communities.”
Progress association president Helen Greene said the group was delighted with the funding announcement.
“The outcome has been fantastic,” she said.
“It has been six years of hard work.”
Moyne Shire purchased the land behind the hall to make more space for the tennis courts to be relocated.
Dr Napthine said construction on the project was expected to start in the coming weeks.