TATHRA’S iconic “Green Shed” is to be turned into a visitor information centre after a funding announcement from the Federal Government.
Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly visited the Tathra Green Shed last week with Bega Valley Shire Council representatives to announce a $19,315 grant under the Federal Government’s new Building Multicultural Communities Program.
Dr Kelly celebrated the grant with BVSC acting general manager Leanne Barnes, councillor Liz Seckold, multicultural officer Emma Benton and members of the Bega Valley Shire Bridge Club, which is one of a number of community groups that use the facility.
“This funding – which is being matched by the council – will see the Green Shed enhanced to serve a dual role as a visitor information centre and community group space,” Dr Kelly said.
“The existing space will be improved and continue to be a meeting place for local cultural groups, and the new information centre will help to support our local tourism industry.
“It is another great program that we have worked closely with the council on for the benefit of the local community, and I congratulate the council on their matching funding commitment.”
Ms Barnes said council was pleased to partner with the Federal Government to improve community facilities in Tathra.
“The Green Shed has served Tathra well over the years and will continue to do so in a broader capacity as a cultural and socially inclusive meeting place.
“This grant matches last year’s council-funded works on revitalising the site with removal of old infrastructure, turfing the surrounds and replanting trees.
“As a bonus, Clean Energy for Eternity have partnered with council in gaining permission to install a free solar setup that will see the Green Shed becoming an environmentally sustainable community space,” Ms Barnes said.
The Federal Government’s Building Multicultural Communities Program serves as an opportunity to help give local groups and multicultural groups right across Australia with a leg up through a grant to facilitate their activities within their communities.
The program is a key element of a new measure announced by the Australian Government in April to build socially inclusive communities.
The program aims to empower communities that have a variety of cultural groups within their communities.