The community of Collinsville came out in droves last Saturday to join the women of the Queensland Country Women’s Association to officially open their new hall.
Hardworking member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, delivered $425,000 for the removal of the old asbestos ridden hall and rebuild a new fit-for-purpose hall which will serve the Collinsville community for many years to come.
Ms Landry said the Collinsville QCWA Hall redevelopment is a project that will be a highlight of her career.
“When the women of the Collinsville QCWA contacted me for help to refurbish their hall in 2019, it was a no-brainer to fight for the funding needed for upgrades.
“I initially secured $325,000 in 2019, however with the effects of Covid and costs of building materials skyrocketing, I delivered a further $100,000 to get the project completed,” Ms Landry said.
The redevelopment of the Collinsville QCWA Hall also received strong support from the broader community. This includes Glencore’s significant funding contribution and project management assistance, along with the Whitsunday Regional Council’s support and guidance.
Many locals in the Collinsville region gave their time and donations to bring the project to life.
“The Country Women’s Association is the backbone of regional, rural and remote Australia and their halls are the epicentre for the community. Collinsville’s new hall will host not just QCWA events, but also allow a space for community events, workshops, dances and even yoga.
“What an honour it was to share in the joy of the women and Collinsville community to open this wonderful new piece of infrastructure, which I am sure will be enjoyed by many for decades to come,” Ms Landry said.