Local hall upgrades

Bundalaguah Hall committee members have welcomed the announcement of upgrades to the popular establishment. Pictured are Welling Shire mayor Allan Hall, Latrobe Valley Authority chief executive Karen Cain, Eastern Victoria MLC Harriet Shing, and Bundalaguah Hall Committee members Noel Atherstone, Marian Atherstone, Paul Versteden and Bronwyn Hillbrich.
Bundalaguah Hall committee members have welcomed the announcement of upgrades to the popular establishment. Pictured are Welling Shire mayor Allan Hall, Latrobe Valley Authority chief executive Karen Cain, Eastern Victoria MLC Harriet Shing, and Bundalaguah Hall Committee members Noel Atherstone, Marian Atherstone, Paul Versteden and Bronwyn Hillbrich.

BUNDALAGUAH and Myrtlebank Hall will be upgraded thanks to a major refurbishment project funded by the state government and the Latrobe Valley Authority.

The halls received a $290,000 grant which will enable communities to accommodate larger events, as well as providing better access to locals of all ages and needs.

Bundalaguah Hall committee member Marian Antherston said the upgrades would allow the hall to increase its output, while also providing a better facility for performances including the popular 'Live at the Bundy' gigs.

"The hall upgrade will be a wonderful thing for our community; it's already brought our community together and I think the hall is the heart of the community," Ms Antherston said.

"We will be benefitting enormously from the upgrade, as we will be able to stage more and better events.

"It'll be wonderful for our Country Women's Association who use it as their home, and for the Zumba, yoga, and all the things that go on in a community hall - this is just going to make it so much better."

Hall upgrades have already resulted in communities in other areas across Gippsland benefitting, including Heyfield Memorial Hall, which is estimated to have more than 10,000 people flow through its doors by the end of the year.

Heyfield Memorial Hall president Wendy Rhodes said the new hall had been a huge positive for the town.

"The renovation has made a big difference to our hall already," she said.

"We've had it here for about two years and the events that we are holding are starting to multiply dramatically," she said.

"We had a play in here and the artists didn't need to use any microphones because the acoustics were so good."

In announcing the upgrades for Bundalaguah and Myrtlebank Hall, Eastern Victoria MLC Harriet Shing said it was pleasing to see what community groups were able to achieve.

"Community halls play such an important role in our regional communities, helping to bring people together to socialise, celebrate and connect," Ms Shing said.

The halls will combine for a Beatles spectacular on Saturday, October 12, with tickets on sale now via www.liveatthebundy.com.au.

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