Urangan QCWA Hall gets a new lease of life
IT WAS a dream come true for members of the QCWA Urangan Branch when they received word that they had been successful in gaining a $35,000 Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant.
The sizeable amount has now enabled the group to replace about 84 of the Urangan Progress Hall's termite-infested stumps, which are currently being replaced with concrete pylons.
Secretary Cae Adams said the committee had worked hard to save the hall to ensure local community groups had a place to meet, as well as being able to continue their own fundraising efforts.
In the association's 50-year history in Hervey Bay, Mrs Adams said the group had given the community many donations.
"The aim of the association is to help women and children and people in need in the community.
"We try to give regular donations to Blue Care, Meals on Wheels, Riding for the Disabled and domestic violence.
"We also have our handcraft days, where people can come and learn different crafts and things like that, and I think it helps if people are lonely.”
She said four dancing groups utilised the Pulgul St hall five times a week, a church group congregates twice a week and the practical first aid group meet twice a week.
"The hall is pretty well hired out most days of the week,” Mrs Adams said.
"So we really, really need to get it up and running and do what we (QCWA) are supposed to do - and that's do our bit for the community.”
Mrs Adams said unfortunately it wasn't all smooth sailing with unexpected costs arising during the project, bringing the total to about $47,000.
She said the group had some financial assistance from the state branch to cover the shortfall and they were also currently applying for further grants.
The community can also help support the group by attending their annual Handcraft Competition Day and tombola on Saturday, September 24.
"It's a lot above the grant that we got but it seems as if we are going to get there with a bit of help and we are trying to apply for another grant at the moment,” Mrs Adams said.
"If we get some extra funds in from the craft day, that will help immensely.”
The QCWA Urangan Branch hosts social handcraft mornings on the second, third, fourth and fifth Tuesday of each month.
Schedules for the competition day are available at the hall each Tuesday morning or by phoning 41246017.