Kingstown Hall Committee President Ian Hamilton, left, Trustee Debbie White, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Secretary Heather Hamilton celebrating a $14,546 grant to upgrade the hall amenities.
Monday, 7 May 2021
AMENITIES at the popular community venue Kingstown Hall will be modernised to improve access for users, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announcing a $14,546 State Government grant to undertake the much-needed improvements.
Mr Marshall said the project would benefit community members of all ages, from preschoolers to the elderly.
“Kingstown Hall is well utilised all-year-round, providing a place for locals to get together and space for local children to learn through preschool and school events,” Mr Marshall said.
“Without clean, functioning facilities the hall cannot support programs which have become such an important part of life in the town.
“This funding will allow for the existing men’s toilet to be converted to provide a unisex, ambulant disabled facility.
“This project ensures the hall continues to cater for the evolving needs of the Kingstown community.”
Kingstown Public Hall Trust President John Mitchell said the hall was a valuable community amenity and the upgrade to the kitchen had been high on their list of priorities.
“At the completion of this upgrade our hall will have amenities that are functional and meet all the accessibility requirements expected by the community,” Mr Mitchell said.
“We have hired a local contractor to do the renovations and we are now on the wait list.
“We hire the hall out for private functions and there are a few groups that use the hall for various activities.
“To have the opportunity to enhance the Kingstown Halls amenity block is very important for our community, enabling us to have a facility out in the bush that is comparable to our larger towns.”
Mr Marshall also inspected plans for the next upgrade of the hall and vowed to assist the community undertake another important project.
“The hall committee are keen to construct a skillion on the side of the hall, over a new concrete slab, to create another function space for the community,” he said.
“This space would also provide another undercover outdoor area for the preschool, which uses the hall two days each week.
“I look forward to working with the hall committee to secure further funds to undertake this project too.”