MURTOA Mechanics Hall secretary Andrew Clark is hopeful the hall can return to hosting events early in the new year.
It follows the state government committing $100,000 to the hall's upgrade as part of the "Home is where the Hall is" program.
Mr Clark said the hall's committee would pay for essential repair and development works with the money.
"We want to reclad the north wall, replace the lights in the main hall, we've got some repair work that needs to be done to the roof and resurface the carpark out the back," he said.
"They're invisible mostly: Unless you know what you're getting, you're not going to see the upgrades.
"Coming after the installation of the new curtains and the air cooler and piano last year, this is a real boost for our Hall. The program... provides some long overdue support for Murtoa's Hall."
Mr Clark said the 300-capacity hall survived on grants and admissions for the shows it attracted. He said the entertainment they chose was either by or for locals.
"We have concerts, plays and the local football club does cabarets," he said. "This year we have had to cancel a deb ball scheduled for May and concerts in June. The Spooky Men's Chorale has now been postponed until next year."
"It won't surprise me if the shire give us a couple of thousand to put on entertainment after the restrictions lift."
"It's the biggest space in the district. This was built in about 1928, and they played a big part in community life in the early days because they were a central meeting place, and where visiting politicians held town halls.
Mr Clark said works will be overseen by Yarriambiack Shire Council, and hoped these would begin within three months.
He said the meeting facilities were still open to community groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grain train back again
Murtoa will also be the home of three new train carriages by the end of the week, as the committee of the town's landmark Stick Shed seek to augment their tourist offering.
Committee secretary David Grigg said the first of three GY Wagons, the type of which were previously used to transport grain to and from the Stick Shed, would be delivered on Thursday.
"We've put a railway line along the inside of our boundary, and we will put the three carriages on there with an explanation on how they were used," he said.
"We are trying to give people ore of an idea of how the shed operated. We have found not only is the shed iconic, but so many people want to know how it operated."
Mr Grigg thanked former Murtoa resident Richard Parker for his help securing the carriages from the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre.
In a statement, the Stick Shed Committee said the GY was probably the best-known and most common wagon class on the Victorian Railways network.
"When not hauling wheat they could often be seen carrying all sorts of loads including containers, farm equipment and superphosphate," they said.
"A quite common sight was to see long rakes of GY's, up to 73 wagons, hauling the wheat harvest across the Wimmera plains.
"They were used to haul grain from concrete silos as far way as Kaniva, Yaapeet and Patchewollock where it was off-loaded into the Stick Shed for storage and then, were used again to transport the grain to ports at Geelong and Portland for export."
Mr Grigg said after the pandemic forced it to close in March, the shed reopened to tourists on June 22.
"Since then we've covered our expenses with admission fees," he said.
"A lot have come from Geelong and Echuca. It was disappointing when it closed down.
"In the 12 months to that day in March, we'd had 11,000 visitors and made more than $61,000 after wages."