Eumundi and District Historical Association receives $165,000 RDA Fund for centre extension

RDA Sunshine Coast has congratulated Eumundi and District Historical Association on its successful grant application in Round Three of the Regional Development Australia (RDA) Fund announced last week.

The $165,000 grant will extend the Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre building to provide community space for meetings, workshops, arts and heritage exhibitions and displays.

Eumundi Historical Foundation interim chair Damien Jones said the funding would be used to build a sympathetically designed multi-use area at the rear of the Visitor Centre building.

“This much-needed extension will allow the centre to hold workshops, meetings and training sessions which are currently held crammed among the displays or outside in all weathers. We will also be able to create new and changing heritage displays, as well as showcase local artists and their work,” he said.

Construction work is expected to start within six months and is due for completion by December 2014. The project will create five construction jobs and one ongoing job opportunity.

RDA Sunshine Coast Chair Prof Max Standage said the successful outcome of the RDA Fund application demonstrated a solid investment that would deliver real benefits to the local community.

“We support locally-led initiatives and partnerships that contribute long-term benefits to our region through increased access to services, community engagement and economic development,” said Prof Standage.

The RDAF is worth almost $1 billion over five years and is designed to boost economic and community development as part of the Federal Government’s commitment to regional Australia.

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