Jul 18

MP supports war memorial hall revamp

IMPROVEMENTS to the Yetman War Memorial Hall are in the spotlight for the town progress association. Group members welcomed Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall to Yetman last Tuesday to discuss the plans.

PLANS IN PLACE: Members of the Yetman Progress Association at the War Memorial Hall, (from left) Charmaine Potter, Ian Dight, Jean Dight, Mary Gaston, Northern Tablelands MP Adam MarshallGwen Hallan, Kate Dight, Betty Clarke, Iris Barry, Nic Holcombe and Erica Holcombe.

Mr Marshall said the committee told him they needed more than $10,000 to construct an all-weather awning and a new boundary fence around the 80-year-old hall.

Progress Association Chairperson Kate Dight said she appreciated Mr Marshall’s interest in their project and pleased he was supporting their funding request.

“Yetman is an isolated community and the hall is at the heart of all our events – it hosts school activities and P&C charity events as well as programs for the aged such a HACC and also weekly day care programs,” Mrs Dight said.

“We hold farming workshops, educational and outreach programs led by Landcare and Local Land Service – it’s certainly well used and we feel it’s important to not only maintain our community facilities but make improvements when we can.A shade awning around the hall will be wonderful so we really appreciate Adam’s support.”

Mr Marshall said he was pleased to meet with the members and would be seeking government funding.

“The hall is a central gathering point for people in Yetman and the surrounding areas.It’s a well-used building, hosting a wide variety of community events, including school activities, social and charity events and weekly community programs,” he said.

Mr Marshall acknowledged the value of the hall to the local community, and the access and fencing as priorities to ensure safety for the elderly, those with mobility issues and families with young children.

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