Carpark to help address social isolation for veterans

Work is underway for the Upwey-Belgrave RSL carpark.

By Derek Schlennstedt

Work has begun to improve the car park at the Upwey-Belgrave RSL.

When finished RSL members will benefit from a sealed car park, improved drive way and better stormwater drainage.

The project was announced in September last year with the state labor government committing $100,000 to upgrade the RSL’s parking arrangements.

Works will include a concrete kerb and channel, internal and external underground stormwater drain, a wider driveway entrance to the car park, asphalt surfacing and line marking.

Upwey-Belgrave RSL President David Eaton said members were looking forward to the upgrade which will provide better access for everyone including those using wheelchairs and walkers.

“We’re trying to improve social isolation issues with the veterans and the elderly and trying to get more people to visit the sub-branch here in Upwey.”

“We arrange for morning teas and social activities to take place here so it will be wonderful to have a safe carpark that encourages people to come and access the site, to drive and stay for a while, or be picked up by a friend.

“Previously the carpark was pretty much a paddock, with just grass and dirt so it will make a huge difference.”

Member for Monbulk and Victorian Deputy Premier James Merlino congratulated the RSL members for making the project happen.

“I would like to acknowledge the hard work and advocacy of all members of the Upwey-Belgrave RSL in support of this project, In particular David, Mark, Beth and Leigh whose work has seen this important project be realised,” Mr Merlino said.

“This new upgraded carpark will assist RSL members and their guests, as well as local community visitors to have safer access to the RSL.”

Cr Noel Cliff said the drainage was almost complete and additional barrel drains had been installed.

“We are grateful for the State Government’s contribution and Council is more than happy to be helping ensure this project goes ahead as smoothly as possible,” Cr Cliff said.

“We want everyone in the community to have the opportunity to connect with one another, be social and maintain relationships, and to have consistent access to services and facilities.”

The project is expected to be completed within the next four weeks.

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