Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Grant Will Facilitate Work on Kitchen and Supper Areas

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Grant Will Facilitate Work on Kitchen and Supper Areas

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THANKS to a successful grant application to Jupiters Casino, the Chatsworth Hall is a small step closer to completing its three-stage upgrade.

The $45,000 grant will enable work to start on the supper room and kitchen area.

Hall committee president Nancy Evans said the kitchen was avery much in need of renovationsa to make the hall more user-friendly.

aThe aged structure isn't compliant with building standards of today, is on a lower level to the main hall area and is built into the ground a termites love this,a she said.

There was also insufficient natural light or ventilation and no emergency exits in the hall.

aThe unlined ceilings are too low, rusty and sagging,a Ms Evans said.

aThe concrete floor is uneven, cracked and difficult to clean and the walls and ceiling leak when it rains.a

In the kitchen, paint was peeling on a low ceiling and the walls were termite damaged.

aIt can't be vermin proofed and isn't compliant with health and safety standards,a she said.

aThe eventual completion of the upgrade will mean that our hall will be totally all inclusive and accessible as well as providing a very presentable and pleasant facility allowing confident promotion of our country community hall. It will be much easier to maintain and care for and provide ease of operation for all activities.

aReduced maintenance time will allow for more productive activities conducive to the community needs and expectations.a

Included in the grant were new windows, to let light and air in and allow country views.

Removal of the stairs would also remove the risk of falling with a new all-level floor to allow greater space for catered functions such as weddings.

aWith more room to move, various other recreational activities could be encouraged and enjoyed.a

The grant would stop the hall's current termite problem and the threat of further damage and expense. …

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