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Upgrades to Romsey Mechanics Institute unveiled

10/09/2021

New upgrades to the historic Romsey Mechanics Institute have been unveiled today, backed by support from the Victorian Government.

The Victorian Government has invested $35,000 in the improved facilities.

The upgrades include a new unisex accessible toilet with a baby change table, a new storage room within the existing building and renovations to the women’s toilet.

These additions and improvements will expand opportunities for local groups, event organisers and community groups to use the space.

The building works also increased local employment opportunities and helped to support the local economy. It provided work across the three months of construction for 11 tradespeople, including 5 apprentices.

The Romsey Mechanics Institute, opened in 1875, has had a central role in local community life for more than a century. The original wooden building cost just £200 to build. Over the years it has hosted a library, weekly balls, roller skating, boxing matches and more.

The improvements were funded as part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to ensuring Victoria’s regions are even better places to live, work, visit and invest.

The project is part of the Victorian Government’s almost $30 billion investment across regional and rural Victoria since 2015.

The project also received matched funding from the Romsey-Lancefield Community Bank.



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