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New community hub to connect Trentham locals


Trentham’s historic mechanics institute is set to be transformed into a brand-new community hub that will help bring more locals together for big and small events, thanks to support from the Victorian Government.

The Government is providing a $3.5 million investment to Hepburn Shire Council for the project through the Regional Infrastructure Fund.

The funding will enable the council to extend and renovate the existing mechanics institute to deliver new spaces including a library, function and meeting rooms – creating more space for the Trentham community to gather and participate in local events.

The council will also operate a new visitor information centre and customer service centre within the hub, giving locals and visitors access to key facilities in a single location.

Initial works will involve asbestos removal, demolition and site preparation. Up to 26 jobs will be created during the hub’s construction with another five ongoing jobs to be supported once the project is completed late next year.

Established in 1881, the Trentham Mechanics Institute was turned into a town hall in 1938. Mechanics institutes were located across Victoria and offered education for tradesmen, with many since restored as community centres and libraries.

The Government is also supporting Trentham with over $2 million through the Community Sport Infrastructure Stimulus Program for the Trentham Sportsground Reserve Pavilion Redevelopment.

The $178 million sports infrastructure program has backed 70 projects worth $335 million, generating more than 800 jobs.

The redevelopment will deliver a community sports facility that delivers all abilities access, gender neutral changerooms and a family-friendly design for sports clubs and the community.

The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Victorian Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund and is key to the Government’s record investment of more than $36 billion across regional and rural Victoria since 2015.

For further information and guidelines, visit Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.