The makeover is complete for Cooroy’s Grand Old Dame.
Local community groups have polished their dancing shoes, practised their scales, and geared up for the long-awaited reopening of Cooroy’s Memorial Hall. More than 300 hinterland locals packed the hall on April 21 with Noosa mayor, Tony Wellington cutting the ribbon.
There seemed no better way to celebrate than hold a community concert at the same time. Cooroy Memorial Hall Association (CMHA) spokeswoman, Amy Dwyer said a community concert at the re-opening had something for everyone.
“We had dancers, singers, a choir, and even a pipe band playing,” Mrs Dwyer said.
“We want to celebrate our hall’s new lease of life with the community who have supported us during the restoration works. Tireless work has happened in the past 12 months to manage and pay for the extensive renovations for the hall.
“We’re very grateful for all the support and sponsorships provided by local people and businesses. It’s clear the Cooroy Memorial hall is very important to the community and we look forward to hearing the familiar sounds of tap dancing echoing from the hall again very soon.”
Excited about the opening of Cooroy Memorial Hall and School of the Arts is the Cooroy Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank – a major player in getting the renovation project across the line.
Sunshine Coast Community Financial Services Limited (SCCFSL) manages the Cooroy, Tewantin and Pomona Community Bank branches. The company donated $50,000 to the project for the upgrade. Chairman, Rick Cooper said the board decision to fund the project makes it the largest financial support the board has made to any community organisation or project to date.
“We proudly launched the Cooroy Community Bank branch through the help of community shareholders in 2002,” Mr. Cooper said.
“Our business may be about banking, but what we’re really about is our community – in Cooroy, Tewantin and Pomona through projects and sponsorships that benefit the whole of Noosa. We’re interested in the good money can do and know that locals with a purpose can make great things happen,” he said.
More information about the opening can be found on the Cooroy Memorial Hall’s Facebook page, and on the CMHA’s new webpage at www.cooroyhall.org.