Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall outside the Gilgai Public Hall.
Wednesday, 26 February 2019
GILGAI’S Public Hall will soon undergo a much-needed upgrade to its amenities block with the construction of a disability access toilet thanks to a $23,680 State Government grant, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall announced today.
Mr Marshall said the hall has been an important community hub for many decades but the existing amenities block needed the upgrade to make it accessible to all users.
“Public halls in small rural communities are an important gathering point for social and sporting events and it’s important the State Government provide this funding to help with their maintenance,” Mr Marshall said.
“And in the case of Gilgai, the public hall proved to be very valuable during the recent devastating bushfires on the Tingha Plateau.
“The hall became a central gathering point providing locals with a place to meet, receive updates on the fire situation and information about emergency relief.
“There were about 200 locals there one afternoon to meet with Emergency Services personnel and Disaster Assistance Officers from NSW Government.
“Its occasions like those that we are grateful for our small community hubs and appreciate the work past and present trustees have put into maintaining these buildings.”
Mr Marshall said a concrete slab will be laid for the new accessible toilet which will have two access points, lighting, ventilation and an upgrade to the plumbing.
“Disability hand rails and wash basin will be provided in accordance with council standards and regulations,” Mr Marshall said.
Gilgai Public Hall trustee Rodney O’Brien said the hall had played an important role in the recent bushfire crisis and was pleased it would now be getting a much-needed upgrade to its amenities block.