BOOYAL WORK TO RE­STORE HALL

Hall main­te­nance an act of re­mem­brance of sol­diers

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By PE­TRA DE JONG Booyal

BOOYAL vol­un­teers brought along their sanding ma­chines to work on a vi­tal re­vamp of their hall on Sun­day morn­ing.

The weath­er­board-clad build­ing at 34 Cause­way Rd was erected in 1916 by re­turned sol­diers from the First World War.

The in­scrip­tion above the stage reads: “Erected by the re­turned sol­diers of Booyal. The Great War 1914-18. In Mem­ory of our fallen com­rades”.

Main­te­nance of the hall is ul­ti­mately an act of re­spect for these brave men. To­day the Booyal com­mu­nity owns the hall and it is val­ued as a piv­otal venue for work­shops and cel­e­bra­tions.

Hall com­mit­tee sec­re­tary Heather McMa­hon said the goal was to con­trib­ute to a health­ier com­mu­nity.

The hall of­fers a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages, rang­ing from pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops to a camp oven night with en­ter­tain­ment.

April will see the launch of the “Booyal 10,000 step chal­lenge”, which is a com­pe­ti­tion in­volv­ing the wider re­gion us­ing pe­dome­ters to keep scores.

The hall com­mit­tee plans to line the walls in­side the hall to cre­ate a his­toric photo wall with pic­tures of the Booyal An­zacs who are listed on two hon­our boards.

The pro­ject is es­ti­mated to cost $50,000.

The com­mit­tee reaches out to gen­er­ous peo­ple and busi­nesses for dona­tions and sup­port. Phone Heather McMa­hon 0417 951 154.

PHOTO: PE­TRA DE JONG

LEST WE FOR­GET: Vol­un­teers work on a vi­tal re­vamp of Booyal Hall to hon­our fallen sol­diers.

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