MAKING PROGRESS: Dignatories and Urbenville Progress Association hall kitchen sub-committee members: Noel Vinall, Thomas George MP, Tenterfield Shire Mayor Peter Petty, Sally Quinn, UPA president Stephen Goldthorpe, Kerry Brown and Joe O'Mullane.
MAKING PROGRESS: Dignatories and Urbenville Progress Association hall kitchen sub-committee members: Noel Vinall, Thomas George MP, Tenterfield Shire Mayor Peter Petty, Sally Quinn, UPA president Stephen Goldthorpe, Kerry Brown and Joe O'Mullane. Joyce Marsh

Big improvements for Urbenville's hall

FROM little things big things grow - this is certainly true for Urbenville, a small rural community in Tenterfield Shire.

It started out as an idea to upgrade the kitchen of the Urbenville Memorial Hall.

Then, after getting funding for $5000 from the FRRR (Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal) Small Grants program and $10,000 from the NSW Government 2015 Community Builders Program, the Urbenville Progress Association (UPA) started on the kitchen.

Money was also raised to equip the kitchen with smaller items by the UPA in May with a monster book swap being held. It proved successful and is likely to become an annual event.

This enabled the hall kitchen to have a major renovation by August.

A family dance was held at the hall to open the kitchen on October 8.

The next step was the need for major works, as noted in the Community Hall Audit undertaken by Tenterfield Shire Council in January 2015.

It led to funding being sought and the result, a visit from the Lismore MP Thomas George on December 8, notifying the community that the UPA was successful in its application to the NSW State Government ClubGrant3 Emergency Facility Grant.

The amount gained by the UPA was $254,000, which will go towards making the Urbenville Memorial Hall disaster ready and disability accessible.

It will be the emergency evacuation point for Urbenville Multi Purpose Service and the community in case of disasters such as floods or fires.

Since then Mr George has sent out a media release advising what organisations in Tenterfield Shire received funding from the 2016 Community Builders Grant.

The UPA was included, which will allow for the boundary fence and other essential sundries to complete the project.

The UPA could not have been so successful without its volunteers and the various levels of local and state government.



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