The Araluen Federal Hall’s major makeover will soon be complete with the Araluen Progress Association securing more than $121,000 in funding through the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Infrastructure Grants program.
Nationals Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the grant will ensure the Araluen Federal Hall remains a valuable community asset for many years to come.
“The Araluen community has faced its fair share of challenges over the past two years, with the 2019/2020 bushfires in particular testing this region like never before,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Grassroot projects like this make a huge difference, and I know this project will help ensure the Araluen community emerges stronger from the challenges of the past 24 months.”
The grant will see the Araluen Federal Hall annexe replaced to provide a modern, weatherproof space boasting a commercial grade kitchen and new shower and toilet facilities.
Mr Barilaro said the upgrade will not only ensure the hall remains a place for the community to gather during times of celebration, but also be suitable for emergency accommodation should we need it.
“The community spirit is strong in Araluen, and I am so pleased that the region will have the facilities it needs during both the happy and challenging times,” Mr Barilaro said.
Araluen Progress Association Secretary Laurann Yen welcomed the news, and thanked Mr Barilaro and the NSW Nationals in the state government for the support.
“This funding means we will be able to move ahead with the much-needed renewal of the 100-year-old Araluen Federal Hall,” Ms Yen said.
“With new kitchen and toilet facilities we will be better prepared for future emergencies and have a fine, warm hall for the community to use and enjoy for many years to come.
“This has provided the final boost to this important project which has received more than $270,000 from State and Federal Government funding as well as a grant from the Business Council of Australia.”
The Infrastructure Grants program is made possible by Clubgrants Category 3, a fund which re-invests profits from registered clubs’ gaming machines into community projects.
Since 2015, the NSW Government has funded more than 439 community projects worth $73 million under the Infrastructure Grants program.
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