The Romsey community has received $35,000 for the Romsey Mechanics Institute as part of the Victorian Government’s ongoing commitment to support regional communities through the impacts of coronavirus.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today announced funding for the project, which is among a suite of new shovel-ready initiatives expedited to support economic and social renewal across rural and regional Victoria.

The project will deliver two new unisex all access toilets (one within the existing building and one in a new building area), the renovation of the existing men’s and women’s toilet areas and two new storage rooms within the existing building fabric.

The investment will support local communities, including many that were already doing it tough as a result of drought and this summer’s bushfires, as they begin the road towards recovery.

New projects across the state include investment in mental health resources, from supporting young people adversely affected by coronavirus to providing new opportunities for industry innovation. All projects focus on getting shovels in the ground and creating opportunities that drive investment back into local communities.

Funded as part of the Government’s record $2.6 billion Delivering for Regional and Rural Victoria Program, the newly announced projects are in addition to the Victorian Government’s recently announced $2.7 billion Building Works package, of which more than half are focused on supporting rural and regional infrastructure projects.

The multi-billion-dollar investment will support the creation of thousands of new jobs and, by investing in local projects and priorities, will help to ensure that regional Victorians are on a level playing field as they navigate the consequences of coronavirus.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP

“The Romsey Mechanics Institute is an important part of the Romsey community, and investments like the one announced today will help support the community’s recovery from coronavirus.”

“The key requirement for this project is that it can get underway as soon as possible – meaning shovels will be in the ground at Romsey Mechanics Institute within a matter of weeks and months.”

Quotes attributable to Romsey Mechanics Institute President, Anthony Lakey

Over the years the Romsey Mechanics Institute has lost bookings because of lack of easy access to the toilets – this grant of $35,000 will allow the Committee of Management to begin work on two, all access toilets that will cater to those groups who use the front rooms or who use the supper room or kitchen.