Community to embrace Freeburgh Hall

Freeburgh Hall Committee President Gaye Rodgers is hoping their new hall will ‘bring the growing Freeburgh community together’, when it is built.

The committee’s persistence in chasing funding has paid off with land clearing works due to start in August.

“We have had several letters from people that wish to use the hall,” Mrs Rodgers said.

“It is going to be a functional building where we can get together and enjoy each others company.”

The current hall has been standing for 105 years, but has been infested with white ants. Mrs Rodgers believes the new hall will ensure Freeburgh retains its identity.

“It’s nice to have our own identity that we can build on for the future, hopefully for the next 100 years,” she said.

“A new community has grown up in this area and wants to continue that tradition. They are very excited about the fact they will have a meeting place. It will host celebrations, community gatherings, play group for our kids, community markets and even games of table tennis. We could even have local artwork to display in the hall.”

The Committee received funding from the Department of Planning and Community Development, Department of Sustainability and Environment and Council to go with their fundraising. However Mrs Rodgers said they still required plenty of volunteer work.

“We are doing the best we can with very limited finances,” she said.

“This will include reusing some aspects of the old hall and donating a lot of man hours.”

Project Manager Drew Carey said Council would continue to work closely with the Committee and is highly supportive of community driven projects such as this.

“Council is working with the committee to confirm specifications and pricing with local trades people,” he said.

“A building permit will then be applied for and hopefully construction will start in the coming weeks.”

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