Cathy helps unveil upgrade

November 16, 2017

Member for Indi Ms Cathy McGowan speaking at the launch of the Benalla Senior Citizen Centre upgrades.

The Benalla Senior Citizens Centre has received an upgrade thanks to the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program, a council grant and a contribution from Benalla U3A.

Last Monday Benalla Rural City Mayor Don Firth was joined by Federal Member for Indi Cathy McGowan for the official unveiling of the upgrade.

Mayor Don Firth said the centre upgrade would deliver social benefits and improve community participation.

‘‘The Senior Citizen’s Centre is home to a number of local community groups, regular activities and local events who will all benefit from the recent renovations,’’ Cr Firth said.

‘‘The improved digital and physical upgrades made possible with funding from the Stronger Communities Program ensures the Senior Citizens Community Centre will continue to meet the needs of the community for many years to come.’’

The Senior Citizens Centre upgrade project started in March and was completed in July.

The investment to the Senior Citizens Centre cost $58125, with contributions from:

●Benalla Rural City Council $20000;

●Benalla U3A $20000; and

●Stronger Communities Program $18125.

Renovations at the centre include an upgrade to a multi-function meeting space, refurbished common areas, upgraded toilets, improved energy efficiency, kitchen improvements and the purchase of a new defibrillator.

The Senior Citizen’s Centre is used by several local community groups including the Benalla Bridge Club, Benalla U3A and Benalla’s Ballroom Dancers.

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