New PO solid as a rock
LIKE a phoenix rising from the ashes, construction of the new Rock Valley post office, that was gutted by fire in September last year, is well under way.
After receiving a $25,000 donation from the Royal Agricultural Society Foundation's Community Futures Grant, Rock Valley Hall committee president Betty Olivieri said building work began in early April.
Mrs Olivieri said $10,000 in community donations was added to the grant money and an insurance payout to build the new post office, which was estimated to cost about $60,000.
"We wanted to construct it as close to the original as possible," she said.
"Without that $25,000 from the Royal Agricultural Society we would have had to build something much less."
Mrs Olivieri said after the community was rocked by the September 29 fire, they rallied in what became a fantastic community bonding exercise.
"Raising the money to rebuild the post office has been a wonderful community bonding exercise and a wonderful process for the whole community," she said.
"The community are proud that the post office is going back up because they know that something has happened from the money, effort and support they have put in.
"People have been really generous with their time, with donations, and the tradespeople have been wonderful the way they have gone about things."
If all things go to plan, Mrs Olivieri said construction should be complete within weeks.
"Construction is probably better than halfway through," she said.
"We are waiting for the windows to be finished and the interior fittings to be finished."
Once the interior is finished, Mrs Olivieri said the guttering had to be fitted, the water tank installed and the exterior painted.
Once the post office is rebuilt, Paul and Lisa Dooner will take over from former post mistress Vicki Morton.