MORE donations had been received towards the money being raised to pay for work on Moruya Memorial Hall, RSL sub-branch treasurer Andy Mackenzie told the sub-branch monthly meeting on Tuesday.
He said they came from RSL sub-branches in the region…$500 from Bombala, $750 from Merimbula and $1000 from Narooma.
Previous contributions have included $15,000 given by Ronald Millikin “on behalf of Moruya pioneers J and M Millikin’s descendants”.
As well, the State Government has granted funding of $60,000 towards the fund from the War Memorials Grants Program that supports the upgrading of war memorials, plaques and community halls used by veterans groups. Income for that fund comes from unclaimed prize monies under the 2001 Gaming Machines Act.
Replacement of the hall’s corrugated asbestos roof was decided on a few years ago. Rainwater leaks have been getting worse, and due to asbestos fears it has been decided to replace rather than repair the roof. The Hall was built in 1952 when asbestos wasn’t feared.
A quotation for the roof replacement for $180,000 has been received, much of which would go towards scaffolding the covering the work in plastic sheeting.
Moruya sub-branch can provide $50,000 and Eurobodalla Shire Council has offered $10,000-worth of management fees offset.
Mr Mackenzie said another $55,000 was needed before the work could begin, and other sources of revenue were being explored. Anyone interested in helping may contact him on 4474 5245.
Members were told of three new members; David Robinson, ex RAAF, who wasn’t at the meeting, and ex-Army officers Denise Oliver and Anne Thompson, who were there, and received a warm welcome.