Coorabell hall needs funds for major upgrade

THE Coorabell Hall is in need a major facelift, but funds for the work have stalled.

The hall association’s savings for much-needed projects are advancing at a snail’s pace and its core of volunteers are working hard to maintain its condition and make small improvements on a shoestring budget.

In the face of stalling hire income, the association needs a large injection of funds to update the hall’s facilities, particularly the kitchen and improving the 1920s lighting and acoustics is becoming urgent in the face of stiff competition and client expectations.

"The halls’ facilities lag way behind most other halls in the area," association secretary Ouida Wrencher said.

"Despite this though, the hall has hosted more than 3000 people at a total of more than 30 events, classes and workshops during this past year.

Ouida said an upgraded kitchen was essential as several caterers had expressed keen interest in hiring the hall.

She said there was a caterer who lived close to the hall who would hire the kitchen, but not as it stands now with its old basic domestic all-electric stoves, no exhaust fan and obvious cleaning difficulties.

"We’ve had several enquiries for weddings, but they have chosen other venues due to the kitchen’s dated state, equipment, and basic 50+ year old cabinets.’’

"An upgraded kitchen would nearly double our current hire earnings, even if it was only booked for one day per week," she said

The hall improvements are estimated at more than $150,000 with the kitchen replacement estimated to cost about $25,000.

Replacing the septic tank, toilets and hall floor will also be necessary in the next five years and this work is estimated to cost more than $50,000.

Ouida said the hall provided a venue for all the Coorabell Public School’s activities and its major fundraising events.

"In a co-operative partnership for more than a century, the school has benefited with a donation from the hall’s volunteer-run events, and vice versa," she said.

Simon Fraser the hall association’s assistant secretary said $5000 had already been pledged to the update of the hall’s kitchen.

"We just need about another $14,000 and we can start the kitchen," he said.

"The association has found a company who will install a commercial-grade stainless steel kitchen for a great price and we have also sourced stoves and exhaust fans at reduced prices."

Donations to the hall are tax deductible.

For more information go to www.coorabellhall.net or phone Ouida on 6687 1307 or Simon on 6684 2888.


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