The revitalised heritage-listed Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall will attract more visitors and create local jobs, the Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said.
“This is a wonderful project that has reinstated the building’s original entrance on the main-street,” he said.
“Other work included 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.”
An economic impact assessment by Regional Development Australia found the project would add $800,000 to the local economy over the next decade.
“Kyogle is the gateway to the Northern Rivers for many domestic and international visitors travelling from the Gold Coast and Brisbane,” Mr Hogan said.
“The well-used and loved Memorial Institute Hall will attract even more tourists, creating jobs and generating income for local businesses.”
The Federal Government contributed $267,000 to the $714,000 revitalisation project, with the State Government contributing a further $220,000 and Kyogle Council $224,000.
Member for Lismore Thomas George said: “The newly renovated Kyogle Memorial Institute is the centrepiece of Kyogle’s main street, offering the community a state-of-the-art facility which will attract the best travelling shows while also providing a professional space where meetings and functions can be hosted.”
“I greatly support this project which compliments the work Council has done to beautify Kyogle’s main street, making the town a destination for tourists and businesses alike.”
Kyogle Mayor Danielle Mulholland said the refurbishment of the Kyogle Memorial Institute was identified by the community as a priority, and Council is delighted to be partnering with the Australian and NSW governments to deliver the project.
“Community Halls like the Kyogle Memorial Institute are often the heart of a community’s social life, where formal events, performances by local artists and local dances are held,” she said.
“A lot of planning, community engagement and lobbying has gone into this project and I am pleased to see it come to fruition.”
Some of the major projects Kevin Hogan has delivered for our community include:
- $15 million for expansion of Norco’s Ice-cream factory
- $17 million in grants for nine job-creating projects
- More than 300 new Aged Care beds
- New Headspace in Grafton
- Co-funding $7 million upgrade of Clarence Way
- Redevelopment of Oakes Oval.
- New Northern Rivers Regional Art Gallery
- Expanded North Coast Regional Hockey Complex
- Maclean Riverside Precinct
- Casino Amphitheatre
- Southern Cross Lads Safe Driving Course
- Expansion of Summerland House Farm
- Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club
- Wollongbar Club House
- Kyogle Aquatic Centre
- Upgrade of Casino Saleyard
- Sealed road to Toonumbar Dam
- Repair of Woodburn to Coraki Road
- Coffs Harbour bypass
- Revitalisation of Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall
- Major upgrade of Culmaran Creek Road
- Upgrade of Harwood Mill and Refinery
- Replacing 20 wooden bridges in Kyogle
- Upgraded Albert Park Baseball Complex
- Upgrade of Casino Hospital Emergency Department
- Six new Trade Training Centres
- Record bulk billing rates
- Record funding for our local schools
- Record health funding
- Woodburn Riverside Precinct
- Casino Drill Hall Precinct
- More In-Home and Residential Aged Care place