Friday, January 19, 2018

Building opportunities

sadviser June 15, 2011

Institute expansion gets green light

ACCESS MORE AREAS… Pictured from left, The Shepparton Mechanics Institute building Trustee, Lance Woodhouse and Shepparton Access CEO, Wendy Shanks outside the Wyndham street building after announcing major development at the site last week. Photo: Alicia Zeqir.TRUSTEES of one of Shepparton’s oldest buildings now shared by organisations affiliated with Shepparton Mechanics Institute and Shepparton Access, have announced a $560,000 refurbishment and extension.

The Shepparton Mechanics Institute building development includes refurbishment of the its South Hall plus construction of two new meeting rooms and an adult learning centre.

Chairman of Trustees, Mr Lance Woodhouse said, “The three new rooms will be a welcome addition because the Mechanics Institute has been unable to accommodate additional community groups who wanted affordable meeting places. We already have 15 affiliated organisations which regularly use the buildings and they will be offered impressive storage facilities.”

Shepparton Access CEO, Wendy Shanks says the development will help deliver further, much needed services to local community members.

“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 said.

“It will incorporate new technology and will assist people with a disability to actively participate in lifelong learning.”

The extension and refurbishment will be funded by the Department of Human Services, the Department of Planning and Community Development, the Greater Shepparton City Council, Shepparton Access and the Mechanics Institute.

Shepparton Access will use parts of the buildings during business hours on weekdays and the community organisations will use the buildings in the evenings and at weekends.

Works are expected to commence within the next two weeks pending contractor availability.