Community celebrates hall upgrade
A LOCAL hall will be upgraded thanks to $254,000 of NSW Government funding that has been allocated.
On Thursday evening, Urbenville community members, Tenterfield Shire Councillors and staff members enthusiastically received that announcement from Lismore MP Hon Thomas George, of the funding allocation to Urbenville Hall.
The funding will be used to upgrade the Hall to the required standard for emergency relief in time of flood.
Mr George said he was thrilled the community was a winner in the ClubGRANTS Category 3 funding round established to invest in emergency relief infrastructure.
"Emergencies strike unpredictably and funding to support community efforts to prepare for the worst is very welcome," Mr George said.
"This injection of money will support our emergency personnel and volunteers as we head into warmer weather."
The NSW Government's 2016/17 ClubGRANTS program for emergency relief infrastructure funds projects that help protect local communities during emergencies such as bushfires, storms and floods.
The grant for the Urbenville Hall will go towards upgrades to accessible toilets, a solar power system, generator and replacement of the air conditioner.
Councillors, staff and the community had gathered for the Urbenville 'Listening Post' as part of the community engagement initiative for development of Council's 10 year Community Strategic Plan and were surprised by the attendance of their local Member.
"This is a great outcome for this community," Mayor Peter Petty said.
"This community hall is essential infrastructure for the Urbenville area and this funding will ensure it remains available for use for a long time to come.
"Further, I would like to thank the Urbenville Progress Association for their work in submitting the grant application.
"The Association has worked extremely hard in recent times to upgrade the Hall with the installation of the new kitchen and interior painting."