Mayor's legacy to live on with community centre, men's shed
THE kind and caring legacy of the late mayor Steve Jones is set to continue with the completion of his community centre.
The Withcott-Helidon Lions Club will receive $100,000 to complete the internal structure of the centre, allowing it to be opened to the community.
The Steve Jones Community Centre has been six years in the making, but Monday's funding announcement has been a roaring welcome from the Lions.
Club president Bruce Horrocks is thankful the Lions can finish their vision.
"We can now finish the project and the men's shed can be up and running later this year," Mr Horrocks said.
"The whole centre will be an asset to the community.
The funding came from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund's commemorative round, which celebrates its 25th year.
It will allow the completion of a fully operational men's shed, toilets, showers and kitchen in case of another disaster in the area.
Club member Chrissy Lavender said during the 2011 and 2013 floods, residents who were affected by the event had nowhere to go and receive a hot meal or shower.
This facility will be there for all residents if required to be evacuated to where our Lions members will give them comfort and a safe haven," Ms Lavender said.
Ms Lavender said the club saw the need for a community centre and men's shed and had already been approached by local organisations eagerly awaiting its opening.
"The grant will enable our club to finally complete this project," she said.
The $100,000 was one of 11 grants from the commemorative funding round.
Attorney-General and minister for Justice Yvette D'Ath said the Lions were known to be fierce and protective of their families.
"There are many non-for-profit organisations undertaking projects - big and small - to benefit their local communities," she said.
"I am pleased we are able to support these groups to complete their projects."