Mechanics Institute building works near completion
By Nadia Surace
THE Shepparton Mechanics Institute building’s $675, 000 refurbishment and extension works are ahead of schedule with completion expected by the end of next month.
Regularly used by 15 local groups and clubs prior to the beginning of the works, the building now has an additional six rooms including a kitchen and storage room, and is expected to service more users as a result.
Already, businesses have expressed willingness to hire the rooms.
“Businesses paying to hire these rooms will be ideal because it will create a means of income for the building and its maintenance,” building trustee, Erna Werner says.
“The set-up of the building is ideal because multiple groups can now access rooms at the same time without disturbing one another.
“These meeting rooms will be a real asset to this city and its organisations.”
Facilities have also been upgraded for primary building user, disability support service provider, Shepparton Access.
Shepparton Access CEO, Wendy Shanks says the development will help deliver further, much needed services to local community.
“The learning centre will provide new and exciting opportunities for people with disabilities to access a broad range of accredited training in the new community setting,” Ms Shanks says.
The extension and refurbishment are being funded by Department of Human Services, Department of Planning and Community Development, Greater Shepparton City Council, Shepparton Access and Shepparton Mechanics Institute.
Although the building will be open for public use by November, an official opening will be held next year.