WHITFIELD proved a strong and engaged community when its involvement in the refurbishment of the King Valley Community Complex was celebrated on Saturday.
More than 150 people attended the opening of the $600,000 upgrade to the Swinburne Pavilion, described by member for Benalla Bill Sykes as “impressive”.
“It’s not just remarkable because of the works that have been done,” he said.
“What really is great is the community input.”
Dr Sykes said the community contribution to the refurbishment was significant.
“A lot of them pitched in and so there was a sense of pride when it was completed,” he said.
Dr Sykes said a key message from the project was that communities and individuals had the power to effect change.
“If they have projects they think will improve the town or the quality of life or will create wealth or jobs, then we will make sure there is money available,” Dr Sykes said.
The funding for the upgrade was provided from the Victorian state government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.
Recreational Reserve committee president Warren Proft said the refurbishment should encourage locals and visitors to use the facilities more.
“Hopefully it’ll change how people use it,” he said.
“It looks good and I think it will attract other businesses and events to the area.”
The renovation included improvements to the bathrooms and kitchen and an extension at the building’s rear, including a bar.
Mr Proft said a new glass feature wall meant people could look out towards the valley.
“The town can be proud of this asset and know they had something to do with it.”