Gwydir Shire Mayor John Coulton, left, Carinda House President Beth Albert and Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall cut the ribbon to open the completed renovations last Friday.
Monday, 21 October 2019
WARIALDA’S 139-year-old Carinda House is ready to serve the community for another century with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall last week officially opening upgrades to the iconic community centre.
Last year Mr Marshall announced a $50,000 grant from the State Government to air-condition the Stump Room meeting space and upgrade the kitchen area to better service functions and catering efforts at the popular craft venue.
Mr Marshall said if the building’s original owner WH Crane could see the efforts being taken to preserve Carinda House today, he’d be blown away.
“With its two stories and bull-nosed veranda this former family home come maternity hospital is a true look back at Warialda’s pioneer past,” Mr Marshall said.
“The works undertaken here over the past 12 months are astounding and have been done in a way which keeps with the heritage nature of the building.
“New floor coverings in the upstairs hallway and an upgrade to the rear outdoor area, including parking will mean more people, in particular the elderly, are able to access this great facility.”
Mr Marshall congratulated the volunteers who contribute their time and effort to maintaining and managing what’s become a well-known visitor attraction.
“Due to its location in the centre of Warialda, Carinda House plays an important role in drawing tourists to town,” he said.
“Hosting regular markets and jammed pack with historical artefacts and art works it attracts so much attention, especially from out-of-town visitors who love to explore that heritage.
“I’m pleased the State Government has been able to work with the committee from Carinda to ensure the building is preserved and is comfortable for patrons well into the future.
“Next year marks Carinda House’s 140th birthday and I’m glad these works have been completed, making it look its best in time for the special occasion.”