The historic Emerald Community House Hall will open its doors today to celebrate the completion of its $150,000 refurbishment.
Representing Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan, Member for Gembrook Brad Battin hailed the project as a legacy for years to come.
Mr Battin said Victorian Coalition Government was proud to fund the refurbishment project, which involved restumping, rewiring and refitting of the 98 year old Emerald Community House Hall.
“The new-look building now includes a new kitchen, where members of the local community can make their own fresh food for sale at the Emerald Community Market, or which could be used as an emergency resource in the event of a future bushfire,” Mr Battin said.
“Emerald Community House Hall has been a real community hub, offering a range of community services and activities including lifelong education, childcare and leisure activities.
“Everyone is welcome here – this is where the people of Emerald, Clematis, Cockatoo, Gembrook, Macclesfield and Avonsleigh and beyond gather, to make important local community connections.”
Emerald Community House Hall chairman Mary Farrow said many local tradespeople were employed to undertake the refurbishments.
“This project has been community driven, managed and delivered by the community house for the community. It is a great example of community based project management of renovation works,” Ms Farrow said.
“The hall will now serve the community in a much more expanded capacity as a registered kitchen, quality venue hire, an extension to the medical center in emergencies and for the monthly market.
Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said it was a pleasure to see the project come to fruition, with the Coalition Government-funded refurbishment ensuring that Emerald Community House Hall was safe and fully-accessible by people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
Mr Ryan congratulated the local community for fully embracing the Emerald Community House Hall renovation project.
“The results speak for themselves, with the high quality renovation a real demonstration of a community-based project in action,” Mr Ryan said.