THE century-old community-owned stables building in the main street of Boisdale will be restored with a $42,320 contribution from the state government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.
The Boisdale Stables Committee will contribute $9080 to the $61,480 project, with a further $9080 being provided in-kind, along with $1000 from local donations.
Gippsland East MLA Tim Bull said the restored stables would preserve and exhibit early horse-drawn agricultural equipment and provide a community workshop and multi-functional centre.
“It was great to hear from the locals that this project will enable the historic building, owned by the community, to be restored and used by the Boisdale and district community” Mr Bull said.
“The project, which has strong local support, will promote tourism, social and economic enterprise and preserve horse-drawn agricultural history, encouraging visitors to the township and neighbouring districts as part of a proposed cultural heritage trail.
“Developing small cottage industries associated with the stables will also stimulate the local economy and provide new enterprises for residents and neighbouring communities.”
Mr Bull said the stables may also be utilised for special occasions such as weddings, wedding photography and Sunday markets.
“The project also has the potential to boost trade for the local general store and post office by attracting more visitors to the town,” he said.
Local contractors will carry out the renovation works, including repairing external walls, refitting rear doors, re-roofing the building, electrical work and strategic internal wall placement to improve internal areas.
The Boisdale community stables restoration project is expected to be completed in October next year.