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Rupanyup retail precinct wins government support

Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford

Agriculture and Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford

A community project to redevelop Rupanyup’s retail precinct has won $500,000 backing from the State Government.
Agriculture and Regional Development Minister and Labor Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford visited Rupanyup to announce the contribution.
She said the funding for the Rupanyup Community Retail Hub project would breathe new life into the east Wimmera grain-growing town.
Ms Pulford said the money would enable a community-led consortium to buy the town’s ailing supermarket and develop a ‘mall-style’ operation in a new building, which could include a pharmacy, cafe, community spaces and office and meeting areas.
She said Rupanyup and Minyip 20th anniversary celebrations as Australia’s first community banks meant the investment was timely in helping revitalise the town.
“Rupanyup is home to Australia’s first community bank and the same team behind its success is now driving this project, which we are so proud to support,” Ms Pulford said.
“No one should ever underestimate the value of people power.
“The Rupanyup community spoke, we listened and now we’re delivering the revitalisation that locals deserve – because locals know best. Instead of standing back and watching their town lose important services, Rupanyup has come to the government with an innovative solution – and we’re right behind it.”
A partnership between Bendigo Bank, Yarriambiack Shire Council, Enterprise Rupanyup and the Rupanyup district community raised more than $700,000 to develop the retail hub, while investing in additional services.
Rupanyup Market Centre is expected to generate six full-time positions and capitalise on visitor growth of a Silo Art Trail.
Member for Lowan Emma Kealy also congratulated the Rupanyup community.
Ms Kealy has been a strong supporter of the project since the Rupanyup community first proposed the concept after fires burnt down the town’s chemist and gift shop in early 2017.
She said the community had previously been told it would receive the requested funding, only to be told later that the project did not fit the funding criteria.
“This announcement is long overdue and locals have been rightly frustrated by the government’s continual failure to provide the much-needed funding to see this vital local project come to fruition,” Ms Kealy said.
“I often visit Rupanyup and meet with locals and business owners and I am always impressed with their strong sense of community and enthusiasm to see their beautiful town survive population decline and grow into the future.
“Funding for these kinds of projects is vital to support local investment, population growth, increase tourism, create local jobs and ensure an economic revival to build a stronger regional community.
“I look forward to seeing the Rupanyup community enjoying the benefits this important local project will deliver for many years to come.”

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