Community facilities | September 01, 2016
Nationals to celebrate Pomonal hall opening
The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP will join local festivities to celebrate the official opening of the Pomonal Community Hall this weekend.
“In 2014 as the Nationals candidate for Lowan, I was proud to join Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals, Peter Ryan and former Nationals Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty in announcing $485,000 towards the redevelopment of the Pomonal Hall,” Ms Kealy said.
“The Nationals, when in Coalition Government invested $485,000 towards the $985,000 Pomonal Hall Precinct Development through their $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, which has since been scrapped by the Labor Government.
The Ararat Rural City Council funded $400,000 toward the project, and the community of Pomonal raised $100,000 towards the new hall.
“For a community of this size to raise $100,000 shows the strength of the Pomonal community and is a significant achievement that should be recognised,” she said.
The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP ‘turned the first sod’ with Pomonal local Richard Harrison to commence works for the new Pomonal Hall Precinct Development project in September last year.
The Pomonal Hall Precinct Development project involved demolition of the existing Pomonal Hall and recreation reserve building, which were replaced with a new multi-use community facility within the Pomonal community precinct.
The new 210 square metre hall includes a stage, a viewing deck overlooking the neighbouring reserve, male and female toilets and change facilities, a separate meeting room, a large kitchen and lobby, and storage areas.
“In small communities such as this, the local hall is the hub for a wide variety of activities and celebrations,” Ms Kealy said.
“I’m certain that the new Pomonal Community Hall will become a well-loved home for many more local events into the future.
“Thanks to The Nationals investment, the new multi-purpose facility is far more accessible, spacious and versatile, ensuring the wide range of user groups and activities are well supported,” she said.