The Kergunyah Memorial Hall will finally get a much needed make-over thanks to a joint Federal and Victorian Government grant of almost $296,000.
The funds have been made available under the Local Economic Recovery Program to support communities impacted by last summer’s bushfires.
The Kergunyah Hall services the communities of Kergunyah, Kergunyah South, Gundowring, Sandy Creek and the surrounding farming community and is the only local community space.
The funds will enable a much needed upgrade including realigning the floor to meet accessibility standards, upgrading the kitchen to allow for catering for community events (Subject to COVID-19 restrictions) and in times of crisis and improving accessibility access to the whole hall.
For more than 70 years, the community has gathered in the hall to play cards, host film nights, weddings, funerals and CFA Meetings. The Hall is in urgent need of repairs to continue to provide an opportunity for community members to reconnect, improve their wellbeing and build resilience.
Indigo Shire will contribute $40,000 to the project and the community has raised $50K. The total project cost is $385,860
Mayor Jenny O’Connor described the funding announcement as wonderful news for the Kergunyah community. “We have tried on several occasions to secure grant funding and have been unsuccessful until now,” she said.
“I want to congratulate the local community for its hard work and tenacity in not giving up on securing grant funding.”
Works on the upgrade are expected to start in the next few months.