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$1.7 million worth of projects officially opened in Golden Plains

Geoff Howard MP, Member for Buninyong officially opened four projects in Golden Plains Shire on Monday 22 August, with Smythesdale and surrounds, Dereel, Enfield, Haddon and Lethbridge the main townships set to reap the benefits.

The new projects included infrastructure upgrades to the Smythesdale Business and Wellbeing Hub, Dereel Hall and Dereel Skate Park, as well as an innovative graffiti prevention project.

Golden Plains Shire Council Mayor, Cr Des Phelan, said the projects are a testament to Council’s rigorous campaign of advocacy and lobbying.
“These projects, with a cumulative cost of $1.7 million, will increase recreation and social opportunities, expand and enhance community and business meeting spaces and prevent graffiti.”

“It’s particularly great that these projects create opportunities for community members to connect and feel part of the community, because having opportunities to connect with others, make friends and feel included are key parts of enjoying where you live.

‘It was particularly great to see 40 local young people getting involved in creating the skate park murals across the Shire – Golden Plains has a really bright bunch of young community members to be proud of,” finished Cr Phelan.

About the Smythesdale Business and Wellbeing Hub upgrade
This major upgrade provided significant enhancement to the existing centre, also known as ‘The Well’. The $996,000 project was a joint funding effort, with a contribution of $500,000 from Regional Development Victoria and $496,000 from Council.

“The new and improved hub will be home to a number of services, provide a multi-use space for local businesses and community groups to use, and ensure that local businesses have office space with access to the town square.” Said Cr Phelan.

About the Dereel Hall upgrade
This project included an extensive upgrade to the existing community hall in Dereel. With a revamped hall, new kitchen, dining area and storage space, as well as new indoor and outdoor toilets, the improved Dereel Hall gives the community an enhanced meeting and social space to enjoy.

“These updates have revitalised an important part of Dereel life – halls in small communities are meeting places, celebration hubs, hosts to community groups and often the home of community pride,” said Cr Phelan.

The Dereel Hall upgrade was a $570,000 project, with a contribution of $350,000 from Regional Development Victoria and $220,000 from Council, including in-kind works.

About the Dereel Skate Park upgrade
This upgrade included the delivery of an improved Skate Park, with a creative and contemporary design that provides an enhanced environment for local skaters to stay active and social.

Cr Phelan said this upgrade will bring more activity to the area. “This will support more programs like youth FREEZA events, district competitions and community events,” he said.

The Dereel Skate Park upgrade was a $100,000 project, with a contribution of $66,000 from Sport & Recreation Victoria and $34,000 from Council.

Skate Park Graffiti Prevention project
This project involved the painting of eye-catching murals at the Dereel, Enfield, Haddon and Lethbridge Skate Parks. 40 local young volunteers were involved in the murals under the guidance of artist, Stuart Walsh, with each colourful creation helping to prevent local graffiti. 

Cr Phelan said “This is a great example of Golden Plains’ passionate and focussed young people and on behalf of Council, I would like to thank them for their efforts.”

The Skate Park Graffiti Prevention Project was a $32,000 project, with a contribution of $22,500 from the Department of Justice Graffiti Prevention Grant and $9,500 from Council, including in-kind contribution.