Arena gets funds

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Be­nalla’s Raise the Roof com­mit­tee chair Melissa Moun­sey lit­er­ally jumped for joy as she re­ceived a cheque for $250 000 to­wards the pro­ject.

The Raise the Roof com­mit­tee has been fundrais­ing for a num­ber of years to have a new in­door eques­trian arena built in Be­nalla.

Thanks to fund­ing from the Vic­to­rian Government that dream is now close to be­com­ing re­al­ity.

State Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes joined La­bor’s can­di­date for Euroa Fionna Dep­peler-Mor­ton at the Be­nalla Eques­trian Cen­tre to make the an­nounce­ment re­cently.

Be­nalla Ru­ral City Coun­cil Act­ing Mayor Peter Davis and Crs Bernie Hearn and Danny Clar­idge were also present as Ms Moun­sey, flanked by a crowd of en­thu­si­as­tic club mem­bers, ac­cepted a large nov­elty cheque.

‘‘It’s been an amaz­ing jour­ney and we’ve worked with some amaz­ing peo­ple; the amount of vol­un­teer hours do­nated and the pas­sion peo­ple have shown has been fan­tas­tic,’’ Ms Moun­sey said.

‘‘This is so ex­cit­ing for the eques­trian com­mu­nity and our lit­tle town of Be­nalla, so we’re re­ally thrilled.’’

The fund­ing will pro­vide an all­weather fa­cil­ity with flood­light­ing, cre­at­ing a key re­gional eques­trian fa­cil­ity able to host more events, in­clud­ing those at the high­est level of the sport.

The $392 000 pro­ject is be­ing jointly funded by fundrais­ing ef­forts, the coun­cil and the government’s Com­mu­nity Sport In­fra­struc­ture Fund.

State Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan has con­grat­u­lated the Raise the Roof com­mit­tee on its ef­forts in se­cur­ing the fund­ing.

‘‘The group has been com­mit­ted to this pro­ject for sev­eral years now, fundrais­ing $100 000 to­wards the arena them­selves.

‘‘In July this year I an­nounced that if elected in Novem­ber, the Na­tion­als would pledge $250 000 to the pro­ject.

‘‘It is won­der­ful to see that re­gard­less of the elec­tion out­come, the Be­nalla Sports and Eques­trian Cen­tre will ben­e­fit from a state-of-the-art cen­tre.’’

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