The Charra Hall is set for a “new lease of life” following the announcement it has received $30,000 in federal government funding.
The grant, which falls under the ‘Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream’, will go towards re-roofing of the hall and an upgrade of facilities.
Hall committee secretary Diane Irvine said the upgrades would allow for greater use of the hall.
“It’s amazing news and really good for us, it will help big time,” she said.
“We need to put up a new roof and are hoping to do up the kitchen area, because people want to hire it out but there are no facilities.
“This will be more inviting for people to use and will generate money for the place, and thanks should go to Marni Trowbridge who was a big help in getting the grant application done up, and Karyn Trowbridge too.”
She said the hall has played a big part in the community over the past century – with the current hall just over 50 years old – yet hosts few events.
“It is used once a year for the Christmas tree event, but not much else,” Ms Irvine said.
“We had a few events last year, but it doesn’t get used too much – we used to have a strawberry fete every year.
“This will be a new lease of life for the hall, if we can fix it up with facilities then people will use it as lots ask to use it, but there’s nothing there.”
Craig Trowbridge was involved with past refurbishment work at the hall and said he was “blown away” by the funding received.
“I didn’t think we’d get all that money, it’s great for the hall which is not used like it used to be,” he said.
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the project was a significant investment in assisting a community to maintain energy and vitality by ensuring the hall remained a focal point.
“This is a fantastic outcome for the Charra Hall and Recreation Centre and the local community, with the project receiving $30,000 towards the refurbishment and protection of the local heritage building,” he said.
“Halls like Charra’s are very important community assets and having been built in 1966 it is in need of a new roof and minor upgrades to the kitchen and toilet facilities.”
Minister for Regional Development John McVeigh said under round two of the funding stream, the government was investing more than $200 million in 136 projects, with a total leveraged project value of $459 million.
“This means, in each successful community much anticipated local projects are receiving the funds needed to take a big idea and make it a reality,” he said.