Federal Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters MP tours the completed kitchen upgrade at Eaglehawk Community House.

THE first lunch prepared in the new Eaglehawk Community House kitchen was served on Tuesday.

The new facilities, partially funded through $20,000 from the federal government’s Stronger Communities grant, feature two ovens, two hot plates, two microwaves and an updated design.

House coordinator Tracey Clarke said the new kitchen and features were exciting.

“The building is well and truly over 30 years of age, and nothing had ever really been done to the building throughout that time,” she said.

“It means a great deal to us here at the house, but also to the community.”

Federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters was on hand for a tour of the enhanced kitchen, and said the new space would provide for the Eaglehawk people for many years to come.

“For volunteer-based organisations, it’s hard to fundraise to get to $20,000, so to be able to have this capital works grant – look at what this house has been able to do.”

The community house, which also runs classes and groups for locals, has up to 1000 people pass through its doors each week.

They have also completed other modifications to the site such as adding an extra bathroom, thanks to grants from YMCA, City of Greater Bendigo and Empowering Eaglehawk.

Ms Clarke said the upgrades provided further opportunity for the house to cater for its community.

“In time to come we plan to open a cafe here as well to help to  make us more self-sustainable,” she said.

“Also it means that we can offer more volunteer and placement opportunities for our community, if they would like to come and participate, or even just for the community to come and sit and have a coffee or a nice morning tea.”

– SAM KANE