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Garvoc community hall opens to the public


The small community of Garvoc is celebrating today, as the doors officially open on a brand-new community hub, backed by support from the Victorian Government.

The project was supported by $400,000 from the Regional Infrastructure Fund for a modern and updated facility to replace the old Garvoc Hall which for more then 50 years was a major hub for the small community in south-west Victoria.

In the 2018 St Patricks Day Fires it served as the base for support services, bringing the community together as a safe place of refuge. But it became apparent the hall no longer fulfilled the needs of town.

Championed by the Garvoc District Residents Incorporated and long-time volunteer Leo Campbell – a new Community Hub is now place in a better suited location for the community to come together.

Mr. Campbell passed away before the project was complete but today the Garvoc community planted a tree alongside friends and family in his memory to leave a legacy for the community.

The brand-new Hub built from the ground up provides a meeting space for community events and groups and connects with the Garvoc CFA and the Garvoc Residents Group.

The hub also includes a new kitchen, meeting rooms, change rooms and an outdoor play space for the Family Day Care services managed by Moyne Shire Council.

The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Victorian Government’s flagship Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund which helps businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, supports community projects and assists councils to build the infrastructure that locals need.

The Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund was introduced in 2002 – this year celebrating 20 years of backing rural and regional communities.

This project is part of the Government’s more than $30 billion investment across rural and regional Victoria since 2015.

A new community building, the size of a small home, constructed from colorbond steel with solar panels mounted on the roof and freshly planted gardens in frontA large plaque sits on top of fresh mulch with the words "this water gum was planted by the campbell family in honour of leo campbell and his service to the Garvoc community on 30 April 2022