THUNDEROUS applause broke out at yesterday’s Mighty Mitta Muster after news the Victorian government would provide the remaining funds for the town’s multipurpose community hub.
Member for Benambra Bill Tilley, who made the announcement, said the facility would replace the old buildings at Magorra Park.
“The new building will make it easier for people to enjoy themselves at great community events like the Mitta Muster, as well as space to provide a range of new services and activities for locals,” Mr Tilley said.
Construction will start early next year, with the building to include a kitchen, changeroom facilities, a meeting and function room, viewing deck and medical room.
The facility will be used by 22 local community groups.
Towong Shire Council has committed $250,000 towards the construction of the $1 million project, with the Mitta Muster Committee raising $250,000 through the muster and community fund-raisers.
Lead community facilitator Scott Giltrap said it was exciting to see the funding come together.
“Once it’s built there will be space for a visiting doctor, community nurse and blood collection, so that people don’t have to go in to Albury,” Dr Giltrap said.
Activities resumed after the funding announcement with whip-cracking, tent-pegging and a hot rod show.
Mitta’s Peter Hodgkin gave tent-pegging a go, admitting he needed more practice.
But his team also had a little help towards the end with organisers replacing the small targets with larger ones.
Mr Hodgkin said from a distance they looked like Esky lids.
“It was a great idea, they should have done it at the start,” he said.
Over at the show and shine Leonie Palmer and her family from Mitta cleaned up three awards with their 1957 Chevrolet.
“We have done well, we’ve only had it since December,” Mrs Palmer said.
Show and shine organiser Jim Bowcher said the car show raised $800 for the community.
While about 2000 enjoyed the festivities, others were looking to beat the heat like Kylie Milsom and her two teenagers from Shepparton.
“The slip-and-slide’s a great idea, although it’s looking rather muddy now,” she said.