Quarter of a million for hall

Quarter of a million for hall

Daryl Maguire (centre) came with a welcome gift for Batlow at the Apple Blossom Festival, in the form of a $276,000 grant for the Batlow Literary Institute Hall. he’s pictured with members of the Batlow Development League: Ray Billing, Keith Dawson, and Keith McLaren, and Paul Bremner
Daryl Maguire (centre) came with a welcome gift for Batlow at the Apple Blossom Festival, in the form of a $276,000 grant for the Batlow Literary Institute Hall. he’s pictured with members of the Batlow Development League: Ray Billing, Keith Dawson, and Keith McLaren, and Paul Bremner

The Batlow Literary Institute will undergo a major refurbishment including the installation of heating and cooling facilities, a commercial grade kitchen, new audio and visual equipment and seating following an injection of $276,000 from the NSW Government.

The funding has been secured through the NSW Government’s ClubGRANTS Category 3 scheme for arts and culture infrastructure and will also involve the upgrade of amenities, removal of asbestos and an upgrade to the internal fitout of the building including the library space.

Member for Wagga Wagga Daryl Maguire announced the grant on Saturday at the Batlow Apple Blossom Festival and congratulated the Batlow Development League for this success in the competitive funding program.

“I am proud the NSW Government has awarded funding for this project that will mean this facility is enjoyed comfortably all year round,” Mr Maguire said.

“The Literary Institute is relied upon by many community groups and this upgrade will mean that more people can enjoy cultural and artistic opportunities, including the nearby schools.

“The NSW Government is proud to support this exciting project that will contribute to the well-being of so many through the development of high quality cultural infrastructure.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the redevelopment will ensure the Batlow Literary Institute can thrive for generations to come.

“The newly refurbished Institute will be a place that the community can be proud of and be used for many activities including meetings, film screenings and public events,” Mr Grant said.

“The NSW Government understands how important enhancing local facilities is to meet the needs of thriving regional communities.

“Art and culture is crucial to local communities and the NSW Government is investing in facilities to boost this vibrant and important sector.”

Keith Dawson, from the Batlow Development League, said the major grant would provide a facility capable of hosting a range of events.

“Hopefully, once it’s all done, the community will be able to use the hall for just about everything,” he said. “We only just got the funding application in on time, but we thank Daryl and the state government for providing the funding.

“It will allow us to do all the work we had planned.”