Meeting space for Tinamba

A COMMUNITY meeting space in Tinamba will be established after the state government put forward $100,000.

Gippsland East MLA Tim Bull said the Tinamba Community Meeting Rooms project would allow the community to achieve its long-term goal of developing a communal meeting room that would replace the ageing Tinamba Hall.

“The Tinamba community currently relies on the Tinamba Public Hall for local events and gatherings,” he said.

“The original hall is over 110 years old and needs costly renovations, so the Country Fire Authority building was identified as an alternative location by the community for a meeting place.

“This project will decommission the Tinamba Public Hall and construct a multi-purpose facility on the CFA site.

“An additional wing will function as a meeting space and be constructed above flood level as a safeguard against future extreme weather events.

“The new and improved facility will provide the Tinamba community with a functional, attractive, and welcoming venue for gatherings.

“The site is ideally placed next to the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail, providing an opportunity to promote the region and generate economic benefits for the general store and award-winning Tinamba Hotel.”

“The availability of additional land on the new site will also enable other community assets to be consolidated on-site in future.”

Mr Bull said Victorian government funding towards the $103,009 Tinamba Community Meeting Rooms project would be provided through the Regional Growth Fund to the Tinamba Public Hall committee, which would contribute the balance of funds.

“The Regional Growth Fund invests in community-led projects to drive jobs, investment and innovation in rural and regional Victoria,” Mr Bull said.

The project is expected to be completed in March 2016.