Hall project complete

Those living in the township of Coonawarra will benefit from improved infrastructure after the completion of The Project 100: Coonawarra Community Hall upgrades.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin who opened the refurbished facilities recently, said The Project 100: Coonawarra Community Hall was an exciting development which would strengthen the Coonawarra community. “I am pleased the Federal Government was able to deliver funding to update the hall’s facilities to improve the experience for those that use this century old hall,” he said.

“The Australian Government’s $77,545 investment in community infrastructure will provide long term benefits to the Coonawarra region. “This project delivered necessary upgrades including new indoor/outdoor bar and dining space, upgrades to main hall flooring, painting of external and internal calls, replacement of ceiling and a new toilet facility.

“With the increased capacity this redevelopment has facilitated, I can see the hall will be used for more local events especially as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and as restrictions ease.”

Coonawarra Soldiers Memorial Community Club committee member John Innes said the Building Better Regions Fund grant was by far “the most significant external funding the hall has received in its 100 year history, enabling this project to be completed to mark the 100 year anniversary”.

“In maintaining the heritage of the building, as well as enhancing its various spaces, the new and improved building will continue to serve future generations with increased capacity and vigour,” he said.

“The Coonawarra Hall is used regularly for community events, wine industry gatherings film nights, choir practice and the all-important annual tomato competition. “We still have many more projects ahead of us and I think Project 100 has been a major boost, giving us great confidence for the future of the Coonawarra Hall.”

Wattle Range Mayor Des Noll said the Coonawarra Community Hall was a major part of the local lifestyle, inviting the community to come together and connect with each other.

“On behalf of Wattle Range Council, I congratulate the Coonawarra Community Club for a job well done,” he said. “Furthermore, I thank Tony Pasin for his support with the Building Better Regions Funding.” The project received $77,545 in funding from the Australian Government under the Building Better Regions Fund.

Other project contributors were Coonawarra Soldiers Memorial Community Club ($84,045), Wattle Range Council ($2000), Stand Like Stone ($2500) and Bendigo Bank ($2000).

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