Locals and outside user groups will have access to an upgraded kitchen at Toongi Hall, thanks to funding allocated to the facility through the NSW Government’s Crown Land Manager COVID1-9 Recovery Support Program.
A total of $65,510 has been allocated to the local Trust for the kitchen work, as well as upgrades to fencing around the adjoining tennis courts.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the funding will help maintain the reserve, which is a much-loved part of the Toongi community.
“For many years the local hall and the tennis courts were a location for social and community gatherings, and these reserves hold a special place in the hearts of the people who live nearby and maintain them,” he said.
“It’s great that we are able to provide support to allow these facilities to be maintained and upgraded, but also maintain the charm of yesteryear that makes them so special.”
Toongi Recreation Reserve land manager Scott Tourle said cabinetry will be upgraded in the hall.
“We’ve been having a lot of weddings and other functions at the hall, and for that you need a proper kitchen and serving area. We’re lucky that this funding is available and lucky to get it as well,” he said.
“We’ll be putting in new cupboards and some laminate benchtops, and we will be installing a better stove as well.
“There will also be work done to replace the fencing around the tennis courts, which ties in well with the lighting project we’re working on there as well.”