MOYSTON Hall was officially re-opened on Friday morning following upgrades worth $480,000.
The state government provided a $330,000 drought recovery grant towards the project.
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria, Danielle Green, joined representatives from Ararat Rural City Council along with residents for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The upgrades to Moyston Hall included an accessibility front-access ramp, a modern facade while keeping the heritage of the building intact, accessible toilets, kitchen improvements, a platform lift for stage access and interior painting.
Moyston Hall Committee member Anne Marshall said she could remember the days when the hall’s kitchen stove was wood fired.
Ms Marshall said the disability access ramps would make a huge difference to the facility.
“I look forward to working in this space,” she said.
Ararat Rural City councillor Jo Armstrong said the hall had brought the Moyston community together for many years.
“That is exactly what this project has been about – delivering a great community space for the people of this town,” Cr Armstrong said.
“Ararat Rural City Council, together with community representatives from the Moyston Hall Committee, have worked closely on this project with much-valued support coming from Regional Development Victoria.”
Cr Armstrong said the council added $150,000 towards the project, which started its design phase back in 2014.
“It has been a huge commitment from all stakeholders and members of this team and I would personally like to extend my gratitude on behalf of the Ararat Rural City Council for their dedication,” Cr Armstrong said.
“It’s wonderful to hear the pride that Moyston has for this new space.”
Yan Yean MP Danielle Green said it the refurbished hall was “absolutely beautiful”.
“I couldn’t be prouder that $330,000 of your tax money has gone into this hall,” she said.
“Thank you to Ararat Rural City Council and to the ratepayers for supporting this.”