About $266,000 still needs to be raised for the ongoing $3.1
million upgrade of the Queenstown Memorial Hall, but the
revamp is on track, a fashion fundraiser will be held next
week and hall bookings are increasing for next year.
Between 25 and 30 steel workers, carpenters, painters and
services tradespeople continue to labour on the hall, which
has been the venue of countless community ceremonies,
productions, exhibitions and parties over the past five
Hall trust chairwoman Cath Gilmour, of Queenstown, said on
Friday she and trustees were "delighted" with progress. The
huge upgrade was still on budget and on schedule.
"While it's still a building site, we're very impressed with
the builders and they're doing a grand job.
"There haven't been any major unforeseen issues."
Ms Gilmour said in addition to the fashion fundraiser, it was
hoped the funding shortfall would be helped by a Lotteries
grant, although the decision on the application would not be
known until next month.
People were still welcome to make pledges and have their
names etched in stainless steel in the trebled and modernised
foyer of "the geographical and emotional centre of our
community," Ms Gilmour said.
The chairwoman confirmed the complex would be renamed "the
Queenstown Memorial Centre" when it was fully reopened to the
public on February 28.
The name change was suggested by Queenstown members of the
Returned and Services Association, who are based in the
upstairs Gallipoli Room, because the facility will be much
more than a hall.
The upgrade was already proving its worth, evident by the
increase in cultural and commercial bookings for the centre
in 2013 and beyond, which would not have been made without
the improvements, Ms Gilmour said.
The DT Carter Memorial Hall Fashion Fundraiser in the
Queenstown Motor Group showroom, Remarkables Park Town
Centre, is on Wednesday, November 28, from 7pm-9pm.
Tickets are $45 from the park retailer.