The Drill Hall at Mullumbimby will have a fresh new look soon with $146,850 in NSW Government funding announced today for the refurbishment of the hall.

 Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin made the funding announcement today which will see the Hall upgraded to modern standards.

 Mr Franklin said the upgrades will create an improved theatre experience for both performers and the audience.

 “The Drill Hall in Mullumbimby is an incredibly important icon and part of this community,” Mr Franklin said.

 “The Hall is an important venue for so many groups and activities including cultural and recreational activities, a theatre for the Drill Hall Theatre Company and the Drill Hall Film Society; and a pottery studio with kiln and exhibition space.

 “This funding will mean upgrades can be carried out including refurbishment of the kitchen and showers, the installation of LED stage lighting and new sound system, and improvements to accessibility.

 “The refurbishment will bring it up to date with modern OHS, hygiene and energy efficiency standards and will improve the overall theatre experience.”

 Alex Benham, Treasurer of the Drill Hall Theatre Company joined Mr Franklin to make the funding announcement.

 “Rural communities often feel neglected by Governments, however it is great to see the NSW Government committing funds to the Mullumbimby District Cultural Centre to upgrade the facilities,” Mr Benham said.

 “This funding means we can continue with improvements at the Drill Hall to make it a community space which everyone can be proud of.

 “We are so appreciative of Ben Franklin’s support and role in gaining this funding.”