ROOF BOOST – Tent Hill Public Hall Trustees Catherine Green, left, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Judita Seagrave, Brett Bishop, Celia Sutton, Daphne Say, Robert Sutton and Robert Schroder, celebrating funding to put a ceiling into the hall.
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
IT might not raise the roof but Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall says a $15,458 State Government grant for the Tent Hill Public Hall will give it a much-needed new ceiling.
Mr Marshall announced the funding for the hall’s trustees to put a ceiling into the roof of the historic public hall, about five kilometres east of Emmaville on the Deepwater Road.
“The locals around Tent Hill have plenty of functions in the hall that do ‘raise the roof’ when it comes to a good party but this grant will actually make it more comfortable, amenable and maintainable,” Mr Marshall said.
“It’s the only gathering point for miles around for the locals so bringing it up to a new standard increases its attraction for future functions.
“It was built in the late 1880s in the tin mining boom but was moved from the original site across the road to where it sits now and it’s used often so this funding meets a very real community need.
“The Australia Day celebrations were held there this year and there was a turnout of about 140 people so that alone demonstrates its worth.”
Mr Marshall said Tent Hill was a small but close-knit community and the hall was a great little building.
“It’s a humble little hall made from hand cut, local timber and it remains almost entirely in its original condition, which is probably the main reason for its historic charm,” he said.
The Tent Hill Public Hall has been used for various events over the years, including travelling shows, dances and polling booths for State and local elections. One of the longest running events held there commenced in the early 1940s—the annual village Christmas party that focuses on the children and Santa’s impending arrival.
The work on the ceiling is hoped to be completed for this year’s Santa social function.
The grant has been provided under the State Government’s Public Reserves Management Fund Program.