Company chips in for community

Posted August 25, 2015

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Work is expected to begin next month on Julia Creek’s new $2.2 million Community and Cultural Precinct.

The project has been supported by a $400,000 donation from to South32’s Cannington mine as well as a $600,000 commitment from McKinlay Shire Council and $1.2 million from the State Government.

State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the revamp of the town’s community hall and arts and cultural centre would create 30 jobs and a new heart for the town.

The work is expected to take about a year.

McKinlay Shire Mayor Belinda Murphy said the revamp would see a bigger range of events and activities come to the region, and boost the local economy.

“This is an exciting project for council. The benefits of this project go beyond the jobs created during construction but will extend to the economic activity generated by hosting events we were previously unable to,” Cr Murphy said.

The refurbished centre will have new flooring, stage AV equipment, air-conditioning and an outdoor area, as well as revamped hall amenities, kitchen and bar area, and the arts and cultural buildings attached to the complex.

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