Husky Hall brings the community together

Jo Warren says thanks for your support.

Jo Warren says thanks for your support.

The Huskisson Community brings the community together and a recent grant means groups have more storage to use.

Husky hall, as it is more commonly referred to, continues to be a valued space for the many groups that exist in this part of the Shoalhaven that utilise its old style charms.

The structure was completed at the end of 1969 and occupied by the Senior Citizens in 1970.

An addition was added and opened in 1990 and the place is still in fine form with a new roof added this year as well as contemporary storage space in the last month.

The committee, with Sally at the helm and Shirley attending to the secretary duties along with the ever capable Jann doing accounts, were able to secure a grant from the Veolia Mulwaree Trust.

Around the world Veolia helps cities and industries to manage and make the most of their resources.

The company provides an array of solutions related to water, energy and materials - with a focus on waste recovery- to promote the transition towards a circular economy. Their vision is to improve people's' lives and preserve the environment.

The successful grant provided $3200, Shoalhaven City Council contributed $2200 and the hall budget took up the remaining cost to furnish a vacant space on the stage with nine deep spaced cupboards.

There has been an overwhelmingly positive response to the new storage. It has allowed many stand-alone cupboards to be removed and sharpened up the appearance of the hall. Now, these discreet cupboards are well utilised by Country Women's Association, Bloomers and Buds Garden club and Boomerang Bags just to name three.

Senior Citizens bowling Group operate in the hall on Mondays. Monday afternoons Tiny Tots Danceworks has their class and at other times exercise ,Tai Chi and yoga take their turn.

Tuesdays the CWA are busy and other activities include belly-dancing, Pilates, Brainfit and Rock'n'roll. Other groups using hall facilities on a regular basis are dance classes, AA meetings, Parkinson Support, JB Bridge club, Zumba,yoga and drumming. Amnesty and South Coast Amateur Radio as well as Huskisson Woollamia Community Voice meet at various times.

The hall has been a good venue for birthday parties, fundraisers and any social occasion that needs celebration! We have had quite a few weddings over the years. Regular workshops and special activities often find a home in this old style but cosy community drawcard.

The recent SeeChange exhibition showcased art works and multimedia at a very successful event. In the last three months the hall has housed a didge workshop, World Women's day celebrations, an Open Mic night, various commercial foods prepared in the expansive kitchen, public meetings, environmental awareness campaigns and Council activities. There is also a Preschool operating four days.

This should give you a sense of the breadth of activities that happen. The Dent Street Café has recently started operating across the road from the hall and that has added a nice sense of place and community to this part of Huskisson.

If you want to make use of the hall, the kitchen or the annex then give Peter a call on 0487469032. Further details are available on the Council website. We are a busy little place but we will try and fit you in. Our rates are reasonable. Keep an eye out for what is happening with the regular class timetable and events displayed at the hall.