Better family, visitor facilities in gardens

IMPROVING FACILITIES: Leonie Painter, Rural City of Wangaratta manager community and recreation, with Elias Lebbos and Maria Groner from Travellers Aid Australia at the King George Gardens rest rooms, which are being refurbished as part of a pilot project. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

A $20,000 refurbishment of the King George V Gardens rest rooms is under way, as part of efforts to improve facilities for visitors and locals in central Wangaratta.

The upgrade, which has already seen a split system air conditioner installed and work undertaken to secure windows, is being carried out as part of a Travellers Aid Australia pilot project.

Works have been funded by Travellers Aid Australia through the North East Transport Connections Project.

Once complete, the 12 month pilot project will be launched in late August or early September, utilising volunteers to help people travelling into the rural city by providing a comfortable rest stop with quality facilities, as well as local knowledge, directions and assistance, from 10am and 3.30pm weekdays.

The program, which will help meet demand for baby care facilities in Wangaratta’s central business district, is also geared towards those travelling to the city for shopping or medical appointments, and others who need to use the facilities while in the CBD.

Leonie Painter, Rural City of Wangaratta manager community and recreation, said council would provide $20,000 towards a volunteer co-ordinator.

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