Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan today announced a $540,000 Revitalisation of Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall following a Federal Government grant of almost $270,000.
“This is wonderful news for our community,” he said.
“Kyogle is the gateway to the Northern Rivers for many domestic and international visitors travelling from the Gold Coast and Brisbane.
“The well-used and loved Memorial Institute Hall will attract even more tourists, creating jobs and generating income for local businesses.
An economic impact assessment by Regional Development Australia found the project would add more than $360,000 to the local economy during the construction phase and then $800,000 over the next decade.
“This is a great project that will give the Hall a new lease of life,” Mr Hogan said.
“Work includes the reinstatement of the building’s original entrance from the main street, alterations to the first floor area to create a space for an art gallery and cultural area, a new lift, new display areas to showcase the historic features of the hall and its uses over time, new lighting and a sound booth in the main auditorium.”
Kyogle mayor Danielle Mulholland welcomed the announcement.
“This is a great investment in our cultural precinct which will allow the relocation of Council’s Roxy Art Gallery and reinstate the front entry to the KMI,” she said.
“It once again shows the benefit of partnerships between Council and Government and will further drive Council’s economic and community development agenda.”
The Federal Government is contributing $267,000 to the upgrade under the first round of the Coalition Government’s new Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) – Infrastructure Projects Stream, which will be matched by Kyogle Council.