Improvements to the Tintaldra Public Hall and surrounds will be the beneficiary of a $50,000 donation to the Upper Murray area made by a suburban Melbourne council.
The Tintaldra Community Bushfire Recovery Committee identified development of the Tintaldra Hall as one of its key recovery priorities.
"We're pleased that the money has become available for improvements to our hall," committee chairwoman Tania Costello said.
"The money that has so kindly been donated by Stonnington Council will be used to beautify an entrance and gardens at the hall.
"We are also going to replace some old new doors and create a pergola area."
A vacant block of land next door to the hall will also be levelled to allow the erection of marquee for local events.
There will also be formal lasting recognition of the Stonnington contribution as part of the works.
In addition to the funding, staff members from the eastern suburbs council with disaster recovery expertise visited Towong Shire during and after the fires.
Towong mayor Andrew Whitehead acknowledged the donation from a metropolitan local government area.
"For councils like Stonnington to help Towong out was very much appreciated," he said.
"They've been really supportive all the way through since the bushfires.
"We're really grateful and we think the money is going to a very good project."
In her report, council's relief and recovery manager Jenelle Williamson said: "To put the significance of the generosity into perspective, a one per cent rate increase only yields $77,000."
Stonnington Council mayor Cr Jami Klisaris was pleased at the outcome of her city's contribution.
"The City of Stonnington is really pleased that we were able to help out with this project," she said.
"While the world's attention has mostly been on global issues over the past two years, it's really important that we don't forget the everyday things that are affecting our local communities.
"It's great to see this project come to fruition and that we were able to be involved in some small way."
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