Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan joined Seymour MP Cindy McLeish in turning the first sod on a $2 million redevelopment of the Marysville Community Golf & Bowls Club as the town continues the recovery process after Black Saturday.
In Marysville, Mr Ryan said the redevelopment would give tourists another reason to return to the region, as well as bringing 50 construction jobs and their flow-on benefits to the area.
“The clubhouse was one of the few buildings in the town to survive Black Saturday. However, the clubhouse building needed to be refreshed and reinvigorated, so the Victorian Coalition Government will invest $1.45 million into this community rebuilding project,” Mr Ryan said.
“The project involves the demolition of the western end of the clubhouse and construction of a new function room that will accommodate more than 200 people standing and 100 people seated.
“New clubhouse areas will include a members’ lounge, meeting room, bar, kitchen, pro shop and outdoor timber deck allowing the club to serve more meals and attract more patrons.
“New, bigger bathroom facilities and well-designed landscaping will also add to the venue’s appeal, helping the club attract more visitors and cementing its financially viability.
Mrs McLeish said the project would create at least 50 jobs during construction and an estimated five full-time employees when the new facilities re-open.
“The new facilities were designed by Spowers Architects, will be built by Becon Constructions, and are expected to be completed by Easter 2014. This project complements the $28 million Vibe Hotel & Conference Centre, which will include a 100-room, minimum four-star hotel, and conference facilities for 300 people,” Mrs McLeish said.
The Marysville and Triangle Community Bushfire Relief Fund will contribute $523,213 with the Marysville Community Golf and Bowls Club providing the remaining funds required.
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