Dooen Public Hall restored to former glory

TEAM EFFORT: Dee Devlin, front, and Kola Kennedy with Dooen Public Hall management committee members and St Laurence Community Services workers, who are restoring the hall. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

TEAM EFFORT: Dee Devlin, front, and Kola Kennedy with Dooen Public Hall management committee members and St Laurence Community Services workers, who are restoring the hall. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

A WORK for the Dole program funded by the Federal Government through the Department of Employment is helping restore a Dooen landmark to its former glory. 

Dooen Public Hall management committee secretary-treasurer Kola Kennedy said workers were completely reconditioning the hall.

The committee was formed after a public meeting in April last year. Its members contacted St Laurence Community Services, a Job Services Australia provider, and a team of workers started work in August.

They repaired the hall’s exterior woodwork and trim and landscaped the surrounds. 

The kitchen and meeting room have also been overhauled in the past 12 months. 

“They have really thrown themselves into the job,” Mrs Kennedy said. 

“In acknowledgment of their input, we have had two barbecues to give them some encouragement and let them know we are grateful.

“It is painstaking work.”

Mrs Kennedy said the improvements to the hall were boosting community morale. 

The committee recently inherited assets worth almost $2500 from Wimmera Entertainer Network –which folded because of dwindling membership – to help with its work. 

A Department of Environment and Primary Industries grant will buy modern new kitchen appliances. 

The stage area and a ticket box in the front of the hall have also been earmarked for a revamp.

Mrs Kennedy said further work would depend on the availability of workers.

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