Dunalley Hall Money Comes Through

Media Release

JB030/2014

28 April 2014

Joint release with:

Eric Hutchinson

Federal Member for Lyons

Federal Government funding has been delivered so that a start can be made on the rebuilding of the community hall, at Dunalley, in Southern Tasmania, after it was destroyed by fire nearly 18 months ago.

The community hall was one of the casualties of fierce bushfires which swept through the small rural town in January last year.

Assistant Federal Minister Jamie Briggs and Lyons Liberal MHR Eric Hutchinson announced in a joint statement today that the $250,000 federal funding granted for the hall rebuild was now with the Sorell Council so that work could start soon.

Mr Hutchinson said that the return of the Dunalley community hall would mean a lot to locals who lost the original hall along with so much of their town in the 2013 bushfires.

“The funding contract has now been signed so that a vital piece of infrastructure can be replaced,” Mr Hutchinson said.

“It will enhance the social wellbeing of the Dunalley community as well as boost the local economy.”

Mr Briggs said that the funding to the Sorell Council was another example of the Federal Government's commitment to local and regional economies.

“We are getting on with the job of providing nearly $342 million towards about 300 community projects across Australia to build a stronger economy and create jobs.”

The Community Development Grants program from which the Dunalley hall money was delivered is administered by the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development which undertakes a value for money assessment against the program guidelines to ensure the efficient, effective, ethical and economical use of public money, Mr Briggs said.