Bar­be­cue set to bring Happy Val­ley to­gether

Myrtleford Times - - News - tspi­[email protected]­me­dia.com.au BY TATE SPI­TERI

THE Happy Val­ley Com­mu­nity Hall that strength­ened as a com­mu­nity hub af­ter the 2009 bush­fire dis­as­ters will re­ceive $10,000 worth of fund­ing for a per­ma­nent bar­be­cue site from the Into Our Hands Foun­da­tion.

The bar­be­cue and servery will be con­structed near the out­door eat­ing shel­ter built with pub­lic dona­tions af­ter the 2009 fire, on the east side of the Happy Val­ley Hall.

Since 2009, the Hall’s com­mit­tee of man­age­ment have over­seen im­prove­ments to their sup­per room, a new out­door shel­ter, in­tro­duc­tion of so­lar to the work shed’s roof and the de­vel­op­ment of a tree gar­den.

The large tree gar­den, which was de­vel­oped af­ter many hours of vol­un­teer labour, has added to visi­ta­tions and so­cial com­mu­nity bind­ing events for the hall, but lack of a per­ma­nent bar­be­cue has been an is­sue af­ter a prior port- able one was stolen.

The Hall’s Pres­i­dent, Chris­tine McCracken, said the Happy Val­ley com­mu­nity would be­come bet­ter con­nected with the in­fra­struc­ture.

“There will increased op­por­tu­ni­ties for us to gather to­gether in a re­laxed at­mos­phere, with a lot less prepa­ra­tion,” she said.

“This in­cludes run­ning in­for­ma­tive and prac­ti­cal work­shops and cre­ates scope for other groups to hire the Hall and get the chance to hold a bar­be­cue to bond their groups fur­ther to­gether.”

The CFA were also men­tioned as a group that would ben­e­fit from the im­prove­ments.

“When the 2009 fires swept down from Beech­worth, across Mudge­gonga and then up

Happy Val­ley and be­yond, the Com­mu­nity was stunned and in­ward at first, but then they

gath­ered to­gether to help and heal,” Ms McCracken ex­plained.

“The Happy Val­ley Hall was and still is a fo­cal point for meet­ings and plan­ning and through gen­er­ous dona­tions like this we can bet­ter sup­port the grounds and grow our com­mu­nity spirit.”

ON SITE: (L-R) Happy Val­ley lo­cals Carol Ames, Cindy Lu­cas, Sue Le­bish, Pat McPher­son and Lorna Martin at the new bar­be­cue lo­ca­tion.

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