Thursday 25th February 2021

The Yinnar community now has a public hall with a modern interior after the refurbished Yinnar and District Memorial Hall was opened today (25 February).

The Yinnar and District Memorial Hall refurbishment received a $318,181 grant from the Victorian Government through the Latrobe Valley Authority’s Community and Facility Fund, and a contribution from Latrobe City Council, following advocacy from the Yinnar community.

The hall refurbishment included:

  • New flooring
  • New kitchen
  • New insulation and ceiling
  • New meeting room and kitchenette
  • New storage areas
  • A refurbished foyer
  • New amenities including a fully compliant accessible toilet.

The hall opened in 1955 and has been a popular venue within the community ever since, being used for dances, weddings, parties, funerals, health and wellness classes, playgroups, two markets a year, craft groups, farmers groups, celebrations, and kinder and school groups.

Quotes attributable to Latrobe City Mayor Sharon Gibson

“Halls are the lifeblood of country communities and this is especially the case at Yinnar.

“This hall is where the people of Yinnar come together and celebrate life in the local community. They deserve a hall with a contemporary interior that makes holding events easier and more comfortable.”

 Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing MP

“Community halls play such an important role in our regional communities, helping to bring people together to socialise, celebrate and connect and this refurbished hall will improve the amenity, accessibility and versatility of this much-loved feature of the community.”

Quotes attributable to Yinnar and District Memorial Hall Committee President Glenys Webster

“Hopefully we will be able to have cooking classes and even be able to teach children how to cook.

 “The hall is the hub of the community and is used by so many groups, and that’s why the many volunteers of Yinnar and district worked so hard to get the facilities to where they are at.

“The refurbishments will ensure the hall continues to meet the needs of our growing community for many years to come.”