The small, but active, six-member Torrumbarry Hall Committee of Management has embarked upon a strategy to turn the ageing infrastructure of its local Public Hall into a vital and functional facility which is responsive to the needs of its wider community. The new facility will be named the Torrumbarry-Patho Community Centre, a name which better reflects the true makeup of this small rural community.
Stage 1 of the project has been completed with the relocation of the 133 year old Patho State School to Torrumbarry. This building is truly representative of the many small rural schools which were once common in this area. The relocated building has a threefold purpose. It is primarily of heritage value and will house items of historical interest and value. Secondly it will become a much needed meeting room. Its third purpose is to provide a resource room for district secretaries and their organisations. The relocation project was made possible by significant contributions from members of the community. John, Matthew and Craig Bayley have made an inkind contribution of approximately $12,000 to Stage 1. Significant contributions have also come from Marc Clapham of Martra Constructions. Torrumbarry Community Club has contributed $7,000 to the project and Torrumbarry District Planning Group $5,000. Western Ward councillor Greg Toll has been a strong advocate for the project and has facilitated the allocation of Campaspe Shire discretionary funds.
The next, and major stage of the project will make structural repairs to the existing Halls and include important additions and alterations such as heating and cooling, a kitchen upgrade and internal and external painting. In addition site works to improve drainage, fencing and landscaping will be undertaken. The project includes provision for grid-connected solar and waste water treatment systems.
The Committee of Management has sought to consult widely with the community through regular mail-outs and an appeal for pledges towards the project. To this stage in excess of $5,000 has been pledged by community households and we are confident of reaching our target of $6,000. This amount combined with a significant contribution of reserve Hall funds and in-kind labour contributions will form our local contribution towards a $200,000 submission for Government funding. We have every reason to be confident that Campaspe Shire will continue to be a strong supporter and sponsor of this community project.
Torrumbarry Hall Committee – President