NEEDED MAKEOVER:

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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.

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