Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle announced that a $65,700 grant from the Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund will help the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council upgrade the Ballarat Welcome Centre.
This grant will help upgrade the building to expand the way the community can use the facility.
The works to be completed will include painting and repairs, making the main access stairwell accessible, installing new security locks and transforming the hall and foyers into creative spaces where art can be created or exhibited and can be used as meeting and function places for community and cultural events.
The Welcome Centre project will provide a much-needed space for community celebration as well as training and employment pathways for CALD communities and migrants.
It’s part of $5.75 million allocated to 41 community projects, supporting multicultural organisations to ensure their community facilities are secure, safe, and accessible.
The grants, administered through the Multicultural Community Infrastructure Fund, will support the creation of jobs, contributing to the revitalisation of Victoria’s economy following the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
More information, including a list of projects receiving funding, can be found here: https://vic.gov.au/multicultural-community-infrastructure-fund/
Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle
“It is wonderful that our multi-cultural communities in Ballarat will soon have a new space for exhibitions and cultural activities.”
“BRMC do an amazing job of linking recent overseas arrivals to local services or to help them create their own businesses. This grant will help create even more opportunities with new event spaces and a gallery at their beautiful building.”
“Multicultural communities have faced unique challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This funding will support culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians to connect in purpose-built physical spaces, preserving, sharing and celebrating their culture.”