Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today announced that the much loved, widely used and historic Leopold Community Hall will be upgraded courtesy of the State Government.

The State Government, through the Community Support Fund, has contributed $75,400 as full funding for the much needed upgrade.

Ms Neville said that the Halls Committee of Management had approached her with concerns that the facility was not coping with demand and that an upgrade was required to ensure current users had adequate room and future ones  not turned away.

The funding will be used to construct a storage room at the rear of the hall, which will free up significantly more floor area for activity space, Ms Neville explained.

Ms Neville said that the Leopold Community Hall had been an integral and important part of the local community since it was built in 1893, having replaced a hall built in 1883 that was destroyed by fire.

In 2007 I was pleased to have successfully advocated for a State Grant of $102,000 that at that time was used to provide significant upgrade of the halls floors, heating and roof.

It is wonderful to realise that in its 125th year of serving the people of Leopold, this great little hall is still just as relevant now as it was back then, being utilised and loved by so many community groups Ms Neville said.

The hall is currently being used by hundreds of locals each week for exercise classes, dance classes, concerts, social functions and meetings, she added.

In announcing this funding today , I take this opportunity to congratulate the very hard working Committee of Management,  led by President Kevin Smith, for their untiring  efforts in ensuring the  hall is well managed and maintained.

Their efforts will ensure the Leopold Hall will continue to serve its local community for many more years to come, Ms Neville concluded.