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Legacy Club of Shepparton receive funding for refurbishment

By Ashlea Witoslawski

After several decades of deterioration, the Legacy Club of Shepparton will undergo much-needed refurbishments thanks to funding received from the Victorian Government.

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp and Labor candidate for Shepparton Bill Heath visited Legacy House on Thursday to announce two grants awarded as part of the government’s Veterans Capital Works Grant Program and the Anzac Day Proceeds Fund Grants 2018-19.

The Legacy Club of Shepparton received $44000 towards structural upgrades to comply with Australian safety standards and a fresh coat of paint for the 55-year-old building.

The club also received $2860 for financial welfare assistance to widows on Centrelink pensions and special needs dependants.

‘‘The Legacy Club of Shepparton gives so much to the broader Shepparton community and these capital works will benefit them to continue their great work,’’ Mr Gepp said.

Long-serving Legacy Club member Ian Robertson said this funding would be a positive support for the club’s future.

‘‘It makes life easier for us now we don’t have to struggle to find funds,’’ Mr Robertson said.

As the only Legacy House in the Goulburn Valley, the club has about 47 members as well as 212 widows and 13 dependent adult children who access support services across the region.

Mr Robertson says the clubrooms located on Edward St, Shepparton have had no major structural external repairs since it was built 55 years ago.

Legacy Club of Shepparton secretary Leonie Wilson says the funding will go towards replacing the rotting fascias on the northern side of the building, replacing the back southern facing wall and windows, tinted windows, and paint for the inside and outside of the building.

She says this is not only a win for the club, but also for the number of local not-for-profits that utilise the space.

The Legacy Club of Shepparton refurbishments will hopefully begin at the end of January next year.