For more than 80 years the Palmwoods CWA Hall has been an important part of the Palmwoods community.
To make sure it would stay relevant and meet the needs of the community, the committee knew it was time for a refresh.
With the help of a Major Community Grant from Sunshine Coast Council, 1200 volunteer hours, and $20,000 in donated labour and materials, the Palmwoods CWA has been restored to its former glory, providing a facility that meets the needs of the broader community.
Palmwoods CWA president Yvonne Dalziel said the committee was successful in gaining a range of local, state and federal grants including a Major Grant from Sunshine Coast Council which helped to restore the interior of the building including a new kitchen, upgraded disability bathroom and new equipment for functions.
“The restoration has maintained the heritage of the building, while enhancing the space for multiple uses,” Ms Dalziel said.
“When we started the renovation, we had approximately six members and this has now increased to 30.
“Last year we saw more than 2000 people come together to enjoy a range of activities and events in the hall.
“The residents are proud of the newly restored hall which is part of our heritage precinct and the support has really increased.
“Our kitchen now meets food safety standards and we’ve got a great storeroom, so the floor space can be used for a range of community and private events, including affordable weddings.”
The Palmwoods CWA Hall is available for hire seven days a week at $15 per hour and can seat up to 65 people for a sit down meal. Contact the Palmwoods CWA via Facebook.
The CWA has also purchased sewing machines to teach people of all ages how to sew and will soon commence a Healthy Kids Program where kids will learn about healthy, happy lifestyles and cooking.
“I would highly recommend other not-for-profit organisations apply for funding, so they too can achieve their dreams for their community group.” Ms Dalziel said.
The next round of Major Grants will close on Monday, March 18.
Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said to assist eligible not-for-profit organisations with the grant application process and give community groups the best chance to obtain funding, council will host six free information sessions throughout February.
“The information sessions are a great opportunity for community groups to gain valuable grant writing skills and explore other funding opportunities,” Cr McKay said.
“I encourage anyone interested in applying for a grant to attend one of the sessions or discuss their project with a grants officer before submitting an application.”