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Half price halls promote active communities

14 June 2016

Local community groups, schools and hall hirers are the big winners with Councils 2016/17 Budget cutting costs of hiring halls and facilities operated by Council.

Local community groups, schools and hall hirers are the big winners with Councils 2016/17 Budget cutting costs of hiring halls and facilities operated by Council.

Local community groups, schools and hall hirers are the big winners as a result of massive reductions in the cost of hiring halls and facilities from Council, announced in its 2016/17 Budget.

  • The cost of hiring halls and facilities operated by Council has been cut by at least half, some up to 60%;
  • The 16 venues, located across the region, range from Cultural Centres and Civic Theatres to Memorial Halls and Senior Citizen Centres to Pavilions and Function and Meeting Rooms;
  • By lowering the costs of its regional facilities Council hopes to see an increase in the range of events hosted locally which in turn boosts the local economy and our liveability.

Western Downs Regional Council Spokesperson for Council Facilities Councillor Ray Brown said the significant reduction in venue hire was about making these fantastic facilities more accessible to local community groups and schools.

“By lowering the fees Council is aiming to increase usage rates of all the great facilities we have available to the community to hire,” he said.

“We want to see more celebrations, commemorations, meetings, conferences, expos and exhibitions held in the Western Downs.

“Lower hire costs will mean event coordinators will stop and consider our local venues first.

“The more of these kind of events we can host locally the greater the boost to the local economy and our liveability.”

Chinchilla’s Stockman’s Stampede Committee Member Nina Hart said that local community groups were among the big winners to benefit from Council’s budget announcement to half the cost of facility hire across the region.

“Every second year we hold a Dinner Ball at the Chinchilla Cultural Centre that raises funds for a selected charity. We’re so lucky to have access to such an excellent facility, a quality venue goes a long way toward making the night so special,” she said.

“Now that it’s even more affordable to hire the Centre means that we have more money to donate to charity. It’s fantastic news.”

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