Million-dollar boost for four local projects

THE federal government is providing up to $1.03 million towards four projects in the Bendigo electorate.

As part of the new Community Development Grants Program announced on Wednesday, the Bendigo RSL Museum, Mount Alexander Shire Accommodation and Respite Group (MASARG), Woodend Youth Facility and Kyneton Community Park will receive funding.

Patron Senator for the Bendigo electorate Hon Michael Ronaldson said the government had delivered on its election commitments.

“I look forward to continuing my work with all project proponents to help implement these economically productive initiatives and deliver genuine benefits to the people of Bendigo electorate,” he said.

Bendigo RSL secretary Paul Penno said it was “fantastic” news.

"The $180,000 allows us to redevelop the soldiers memorial institute, which is an iconic building on Pall Mall, to become a national standard military museum.

“It has been acknowledged as one of the best collections of military memorabilia outside of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.”

Heather Morrison from MASARG, which is in line for $300,000 to help build a respite house in Castlemaine, said the group was “overjoyed”.

“It is wonderful. We desperately needed that money and this now means we can start building.”

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