A garden party was held on Thursday to celebrate the recent restoration and preservation works at the Margaret River Community Centre.
Fifty people gathered on the newly restored front verandah to hear stories of stump upheavals and possum inhabitants.
The works, supported by Lotterywest were the biggest single restoration project in the Centre’s 27 year history.
With the 2018 funding of $233 000, the total support from Lotterywest for the Old Hospital since 1991 is almost at $1 million.
Addressing the crowd and Margaret River News Express representatives attending on behalf of Lotterywest, Sally Hays, Chair of MRCC said “We are grateful to have such a strong partnership with Lotterywest and value their ongoing commitment to support projects that enhance the comfort and amenity and maintain this special heritage space for the whole community.”
Augusta Margaret River Shire Councillors Julia Meldrum and Pauline McLeod also attended, with the Shire’s contributions of a rent-free lease of the Centre and a 4-year agreement to assist with repairs and maintenance of the ageing infrastructure acknowledged.
The gardens were looking stunning in the spring sunshine and MRCC gardener Richard Negus was on the receiving end of much praise and appreciation. As was local builder and project coordinator Bill Price of Fremantle Renovations and several of the tradies and contractors who contributed their skills.
Former hospital staff and two locals who were born at the old hospital were in attendance and many people enjoyed a self-guided stroll around the grounds to see the results of the restoration works.
Tenants took the opportunity to chat about services they provide.
After a toast was raised to the old buildings, Centre Manager, Lydell Huntly reminded guests of further works in the pipeline and to anticipate old hospital centenary celebrations in 2024.
“Our aim is to have a well-preserved and maintained facility that continues to provide a welcoming and inclusive space for the whole community well into its second century,” Ms Huntly said.