Meeting place, emergency accommodation, community hub, rehearsal space, event venue, marketplace and more. The importance of community halls for small towns cannot be overstated, which is why Bobin School of Arts Community Hall is a deserving winner in the latest round of the #GreaterMidNorthCoast Community Funding Program.
Bobin School of Arts Community Hall has received $2,000 for winning the public vote in the program’s June round, with Great Lakes Vietnam Veterans Sub-Branch Inc. and Animal Rescue Coffs Harbour both receiving $500 as our monthly runners up.
Bobin School of Arts Community Hall Committee Member Vanessa Byma said the hall plays many vital roles for the community.
“Bobin Hall is a valuable part of our small community, which was hit by bushfires in November 2019 with 17 homes and the primary school destroyed,” Vanessa said.
“We were lucky to save the Bobin Hall as it was used as an emergency centre for those who ended up with nothing.
“The hall is the heart of the community hosting social events and community care activities.
"The Hall is turning 100 in 2022 and this funding from the Greater will go towards ongoing maintenance and upgrades to meet the demands of the community."
Bobin School of Arts Community Hall Committee Member, Vanessa Byma
Greater Bank’s Mid North Coast Regional Sales Manager, Jennifer Smith, said the resilience of communities like Bobin is inspiring.
“So many lost so much in the fires of 2019/20, which then led straight into the COVID-19 pandemic,” Jennifer said.
“The commitment and community spirit that’s come to the fore in places like Bobin is amazing and we are delighted to be able to make a contribution to the hall’s centenary and to ensure it continues to be a gathering place for the Bobin community.”
Our July nominees in the running for a share of $3,000 in monthly funding are Buddy Up Australia – Forster Chapter, Taree City Racing Pigeon Club and YP SPACE MNC.
Voting in the July round of the #GreaterMidNorthCoast Community Funding Program is open from 9.00am Monday July 4 until 5.00pm Wednesday July 27 2022.
The public can vote online at www.greater.com.au/greatermidnorthcoast.