Woodgate Community Hall set to cool off next Summer

Sunday, 21 April 2019

There’s a cool change coming at the local Woodgate Community Hall thanks to funding from the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt congratulated the Woodgate and District Residents Association on its successful application from round 4 of the program.

“The Woodgate and District Residents Association received $9,000 to install air conditioning in the Woodgate Community Hall which is used on a daily basis,” Mr Pitt said.

“The hall hosts big community events like today’s Easter Fair, as well as Australia Day celebrations, but is also used by local social groups, clubs and choirs.

“The Stronger Communities Program has been very successful for community groups and organisations like the Woodgate and District Residents Association that would otherwise struggle to fund these types of projects.”

Woodgate and District Residents Association president John Trevor said the hall is a valued asset of the small town.

“Regular users of the hall identified the need for air-conditioning, especially during the hot, humid summer months, when attendance at activities usually falls away,” Mr Trevor said.

“Air-conditioning will provide a welcomed respite from these conditions, increase participation by existing users and hopefully encourage other residents to join in the local activities,”

The Stronger Communities Program offered eligible community groups grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 for small capital projects. All applications need to commit at least matching funding or in-kind contributions.

A fifth round of the Stronger Communities Program was announced in the Budget with an additional $22.7 million to be invested over two years for another round of the Stronger Communities Programme.

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