A MAJOR upgrade is set to transform the Broadford Living and Learning Centre into a modern, vibrant community hub with construction work starting at the facility last week.
A group of close to 60 residents braved the rain last Tuesday (August 15) to join mayor, Cr Rhonda Sanderson and Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes turn the first sod to mark the commencement of the works.
The project, valued at $660,000, is the culmination of work between Mitchell Shire council, the community, the centre’s steering committee and the state government. $565,000 of the funding has come from government via the Growing Suburbs Fund. Mitchell Shire Council has also contributed $95,000 to the project.
Ms Symes, who also a Broadford local, said that the project will transform the former Bush Nursing Hospital, built in 1933, into a modern community facility for the local community.
“The Broadford Living and Learning Centre has a lot of history, so I am pleased to see works begin that will give it a new lease of life ensuring residents can use these facilities for decades to come,” Ms Symes said.
The refurbishment will include a new office and large multi-purpose rooms, open plan kitchen and servery, renovated bathroom facilities, an IT/e-learning room, historic display and outdoor play area.
“I look forward to seeing the completed works later this year and joining the local community in taking advantage of our new community space,” she added.
Cr Sanderson said that the upgrade would significantly improve the opportunities for Broadford residents and the wider Mitchell community.