Ben Lomond Soldier’s Memorial Hall committee members look forward to the good times roiling on through these latest improvements, Roger White, left, Mike Mulligan, Dorothy Every OAM, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, June Walker, Joe Morgan, Don Stride and Russell Roberts.
Wednesday, 17 February 2021
ELECTRICAL upgrades at the historic Ben Lomond Soldiers Memorial Hall will allow community events to roll on well into the night, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announcing an $18,059 State Government grant through the NSW Crown Reserves Improvement Fund.
Mr Marshall said a range of internal improvements would be made to increase the hall’s capacity to host all types of gatherings.
“At 102 years of age, the Ben Lomond Hall has been the venue for countless village milestones, parties, public information gatherings and even major country music concerts,” Mr Marshall said.
“With such a high demand for its services the hall’s land managers have decided to utilise the funding to give the building an internal facelift.
“Starting with electrical upgrades, new wiring will be installed throughout the building to ensure it is able to maintain supply to the kitchen, supper area and main hall during periods of peak usage.
“Electrical faults can be a hazard to older buildings and so this upgrade will hopefully off-set any fire risk which is posed by aged circuitry.
“The improved power supply will also facilitated installation of new lighting, making the venue safer and more user friendly.
“Finally, two of the hall’s main sections will be brightened up, with the supper room and kitchen to both receive a fresh coat of paint.
“In 2018, Ben Lomond Hall successfully hosted ARIA and five-time Golden Guitar winning country music artist Fanny Lumsden’s Country Halls Tour.
“With these modifications in place it would be great to think we could see more events like that bringing locals together and visitors to the village to celebrate all that is great about country life.”