Program to promote community centre events
By Nadia Surace
COMMUNITY halls across the region can now apply to be part of a new Regional Arts Victoria program, Home is Where the Hall is.
The program designed to attract publicity for events at country town community halls will see their events listed on a Victorian arts and cultural calendar to be publicised state-wide.
Following the program launched by Victorian Premier, Ted Baillieu, The Nationals Member for Murray Valley, Tim McCurdy said events may be an art or photographic exhibition, a dance competition, a musical performance, film night, a theatrical production, or even a bake-off.
“We have volunteer groups across the Murray Valley working hard to ensure their hall remains the heart of their community,” he said.
“It is the place where the locals meet to celebrate local and personal milestones, commiserate with community and family members at times of sadness or tragedy, and to learn about the activities and developments taking part in their area.”
Congupna Hall Committee members last week welcomed the announcement.
“We will be taking advantage of this program,” committee member, Geoff Jacobson said.
“Without these kinds of things it’s very difficult to improve halls for their users.
“We ourselves are a newly formed committee and will be looking to apply for further grants to improve facilities for our community in the near future.”
Expressions of interest forms for the program are available at: www.rav.net.au.
Registrations close September 1.