Tuesday, 27 April 2021

The purpose-built Upper Murray Events Centre has officially opened in Corryong, providing a modern space for sporting groups, community and major events from across Victoria.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today joined Towong Council representatives and Corryong community members to open the $2.4 million event space.

The Andrews Labor Government has provided $1 million towards the centre’s construction. Works started in June last year thanks to $800,000 from the Regional Infrastructure Fund.

An additional $200,000 was originally expected to be raised through local fundraising efforts, but in January 2020, following the devastating bushfires in the region, the Government stepped in to provide the extra support and ease the burden on the community.

The centre features two adjoining buildings, including one that houses a social room and a meeting space with a bar, while the other contains new club rooms and a fitness centre to be operated by Corryong Health.

The events centre recently hosted the Man from Snowy River Bush Festival, which attracts more than 20,000 visitors every year and puts more than $2.2 million back into the local economy.

The completed centre is expected to help bring more than 3,500 extra overnight visitors to Corryong, injecting $1.4 million annually to the local economy.

Other funding for the project has come through the Commonwealth Government’s Building Better Regions fund and Towong Shire Council.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“I’ve been so excited to see this centre come to fruition – it’s been a real symbol of the resilience and determination of the Corryong community to make their town an even better place to live and visit.”

“It’s hard to overstate what this new centre means for the community – it’ll attract more visitors and events, put money back into country businesses, and give locals yet another reason to be proud of their town.”