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The hall at Eagle Point is nearly 90 years old and was in need of TLC.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester has announced $8500 from the Federal Government to help fund the restoration project.

“The exterior of the Eagle Point Community Hall needed work and its floor was badly worn,” Mr Chester said.

“In order to keep the hall in good condition and prevent further deterioration, the external wooden walls needed to be painted and the original wooden floor needed replacing. Decades of use and weathering had left the hall looking tired – as any timber structure might.”

Secretary of the Eagle Point Community Hall Liz Boyd said the Eagle Point Community Hall was a focal point for the community.

“The hall is owned by the local community and it’s run by a volunteer committee,” Mrs Boyd said.  “It is the only facility available in the area for indoor meetings, dances and other activities and events.

“The cost of these two projects was quite significant for a small volunteer group like us, so the Federal Government funding helped to relieve a considerable challenge.

“Some of our current user groups are very excited by these restorations, especially those in the community who enjoy the regular dances at the hall – they are looking forward to dancing on the new floor.

“There is still further restoration work to be done on the hall, but this is an enormous start to bringing the iconic Eagle Point hall back to life and preserving it for future generations.”
The total cost of the restoration project was around $23,500. The Federal Government, through the #lovegippsland Stronger Communities Program, provided $8,500.

Mr Chester said the hall committee was one of a number of local organisations to receive funding support under round three of the #lovegippsland Stronger Communities Program.

“I’m pleased to play a role in helping so many community-based organisations to complete small capital projects, like the restoration of the Eagle Point Community Hall,” Mr Chester said.

Inquiries about using the hall can be sent to eaglepointhall@gmail.com

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