Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP joined Temora Shire Council Mayor Rick Firman and the community on Friday evening to celebrate the completion of a $1.1 million makeover for the Temora Memorial Hall.

Ms Cooke said it was wonderful to come together in her home town to celebrate years of hard work in upgrading the precious town hall.

“This major upgrade will encourage increased use of the Hall – a much loved focal point of the town – and widens its versatility through improved acoustics and ambience,” Ms Cooke said. “The renovations have resulted in a modernisation of the facility, having regard and respect for its heritage.

“Many thanks to the local builders and tradies for their passionate commitment to the project, and the council for their vision in ensuring this community building remains an important meeting place for locals and visitors for generations to come.”

The upgrades were funded under Round One and Round Two of the Stronger Country Communities Fund include the purchase and installation of new sound and lighting systems, the construction of an external foyer, accessible toilets and a functional outdoor space for the town hall, as well as a new roof and complete main hall refurbishment.

Temora Shire Council have also contributed over $100,000 to the project. Mayor of Temora Rick Firman said without the Stronger Country Communities Fund, the upgrades wouldn’t have been possible.

“Most of us have got some very special reflections about that place and now there’s an opportunity for new memories to be made in the 2019 upgrade,” Cr Firman said.

The Stronger Country Communities Fund Round Three is currently open to Councils, not-for-profit and community organisations.

Applications close on Friday, September 27 and more information can be found here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/regional-nsw/regional-growth-fund/stronger-country-communities/