Kergunyah Hall committee members Lindsay Jarvis, Julie Linbrick, Rowan Wallace, David Boyall, Jenny Larkin and Barbara Wallace joined Bill Tilley (MLA, Benambra) when he announced a funding commitment of $115,000 to help deliver upgrades to the historic building if the Liberal Nationals are elected in the Victorian State Election.
KERGUNYAH Hall will get a desperately needed makeover from an elected Liberal Nationals Victorian Government.
Bill Tilley (MLA, Benambra) announced a funding commitment of $115,000 to help deliver upgrades to the facility if the Coalition is voted into power in November’s State Election.
Built in 1923 the Kergunyah Hall includes an honour roll for those who served in World War I and later World War II.
Today it remains the district hub, the venue for birthdays, anniversary celebrations and farewells.
The hall is home to a childcare service and Monday night cards and is also used by the CFA, Country Women’s Association, Landcare, Red Cross and yoga groups.
An uneven floor, a failing roof, rising damp and sub-standard kitchen are all in desperate need or repair.
Mr Tilley said a Matthew Guy led government will support Indigo Shire Council and cash-in-kind contributions to realise the designs developed by the committee to remedy past failures and ensure the hall is around for another 100 years.
“This (commitment) is a great win for a community hub that has served Kergunyah for almost a century,” he said.
“The need for work has becomes increasingly urgent and despite the community’s best efforts the price tag has been beyond them.”
Shadow Minister for Environment Nick Wakeling said community halls are the lifeblood of the small town’s and demand attention.
“Bill Tilley has been listening to the community and working hard with our team to deliver more local funding and has refused to take ‘no’ for an answer for his local community of Benambra,” he said.
PROMISE: Bill Tilley outside Kergunyah Hall following his announcement of a funding commitment on Monday night.