New toilets for Bentley Hall, a welcome upgrade
MEMBERS of the Bentley Hall Committee are "flush” with excitement thanks to a grant to upgrade the toilets at the 81-year-old building.
Last Wednesday Member for Page Kevin Hogan turned up to the iconic building to announce $10,000 that will go to the Bentley Hall Trust, through the Stronger Communities Program that is federally funded.
"The hall is used by a large number of community groups, including as a preschool,” Mr Hogan said.
"This grant will allow the trust to upgrade the toilet facilities, which were built with volunteer labour back in the 1970s and are not up to the standard for preschools.
"The toilets are also open to the general area of the hall and provide little privacy for our preschoolers and other hall users.
"(There is also) two evenings of exercise classes and on most weekends there is at least one community event.”
Mr Hogan said the hall is used not just by the well-known Bentley Art Prize but also many other community events at weekends.
Bentley Art Prize co-ordinator Helen Trustum said the upgrade would mean a lot to the community.
It's wonderful when we go to rent the hall out people will see the facilities we have here and the nice loos,” she said.
"We are so proud to think the Bentley Art Prize will be a part of it all.”
Hall committee secretary Ted Hoddinott said the upgrade would help in the promotion of the building for a wide variety of events.
"The Bentley Hall is used for weddings,” he said.
"We are trying to promote the hall as a wedding venue and having a bathroom facility upgrade is essential to just lift the standard.”
Thanks to the work of the Bentley Hall Trust, the kitchen and electrical and water supply have already been updated.
The funding for the upgrade will be matched by the Bentley Art Prize.