Builder urgently needed for hall
THE Tabulam Hall Committee must find a licensed builder within the next few weeks to work on the community facility or risk losing an $110,000 grant.
The small, but hard-working hall committee received the grant through the Area Assistance Scheme last year to fund a range of works on the weatherboard hall in a bid to make it more usable.
The committee plans to extend the hall, install a kitchen and build disabled toilets with an access ramp.
However, despite repeatedattempts over the past five months, the committee has been unable to hire a builder to carry out the work.
“We're getting desperate,” Tabulam Hall Committee member Shay Jansen said.
“We need to find a buildervery soon or we may lose the grant.”
Hall committee members have tried every means they know to try to find a builder, from calling for expressions of interest in the local papers to sending the plans to builders in the Casino area on spec to try to generate some interest.
But to date no one has been willing to take on the job.
“We have quite few builders in the Tabulam area, but they either don't have the approp-riate licence or the insurance to do such a big job,” Ms Jansen said.
“And any others we've spoken to don't want to come out this way because they don't get mobile phone reception, which makes it difficult to keep their business going and line upfuture jobs.
“We had a builder from Tingha who was going to give us a quote, but then he cancelled on us too.
“We just can't understand it. The money's there, whoever takes the job is going to get paid, and they won't have to deal with all the red tape, the committee is doing that.
“It's just so very frustrating and disheartening because there's no way the committee would ever be able to fund-raise enough money to do the work without the grant.”
According to Ms Jansen, the hall, which should be the heart of the community and a hive of activity, is barely used because it lacks the most basic facilities.
She has appealed to any builder with the appropriate licence and insurance who may be able to do the job to contact her as soon as possible on 6666 1435.
“Please, please, please call us. This is our one chance to fix the hall and we don't want to jeopardise it,” she said.