Southern Downs MP Lawrence Springborg and Freestone Hall committee members Kathy Payne, Jenny Ramsey and Bill McVeigh are pleased with the $34,979 grant for refurbishments to the historic hall.
Southern Downs MP Lawrence Springborg and Freestone Hall committee members Kathy Payne, Jenny Ramsey and Bill McVeigh are pleased with the $34,979 grant for refurbishments to the historic hall. Jayden Brown

Historic Freestone hall granted $34,000 for facelift

IT'S been the centre of the Freestone community for more than a century, and now the Freestone Memorial Hall is in for a major facelift.

The hall is among 23 community groups in the region to share in more than $400,000 worth of funding through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

The $34,792 grant will be used for major restorations to the 150-year-old hall.

Hall committee member Kathy Payne said the interior and exterior of the hall would be painted.

"We're installing a new wheelchair ramp too," she said.

"We're very excited.

"This project will be done by local tradesmen."

Southern Downs MP Lawrence Springborg was in Freestone on Friday to deliver the good news to the hall committee.

He said the region's halls were a "labour of love".

"This is a wonderful old hall," he said.

"It's been for over 100 years and it really is very much a community centre.

"This money will do great things in preserving this wonderful hall into the future."

The Freestone Memorial Hall is a hive of activity for the small community, hosting birthdays, weddings, engagements and other community functions.

Mrs Payne said an Oktoberfest celebration was among the events being planned for the hall.

"We have our Friendly Fridays here once a month," she said.

The Gambling Community Benefit Fund provides one-off grants to Queensland not-for-profit community organisations, with revenues sources from gaming taxes.

Mr Springborg congratulated the organisations successful in gaining fund.

"All power and congratulations to the hall committee," he said.

"These grants will be of great benefit to our local community organisations who work extremely hard to provide services and add to the enhancement of our district."



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