Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today announced a $135,000 upgrade of the much loved Barwon Heads Community Hall.

The State Government, through the Community Support Fund, will contribute $110,000 while the Hall’s Committee of Management has contributed the remaining $25,000.

The funding will be used to replace the deteriorating original flooring of the hall that was built in 1938.

Ms Neville said that the hall has been the hub of Barwon Heads community life for 80 years and continues to be so today, with many groups using the facility on a regular basis.

The hall also has heritage status, is very much part of this town’s history and therefore deserves protection and preservation, Ms Neville added.

As local member,   it was not acceptable to me to see the hall falling into a state of disrepair due to the lack of funding. As such , I was more than pleased to support the Committee of Management when they raised this matter with me late last year, Ms Neville said.

Ms Neville said that the hall is extensively used by a wide range of community groups including exercise classes, youth groups, senior citizens and for film nights, concerts and many social functions.

In addition, it is very important to note that as we move closer to ANZAC Day, the hall is now used for the local commemoration,   together with the Remembrance Day Service in November, Ms Neville said.

I congratulate the Barwon Heads Hall Committee of Management for their hard work over many years in the up keep of the facility and their fundraising efforts. They are a dedicated and professional group of volunteers and I thank each and every one of them for their efforts, Ms Neville said.

The Barwon Heads Community Hall, as it enters its 80th, is in very good hands and now with this much needed upgrade I know it will continue to be a focus of community life for many more decades to come, Ms Neville concluded.