The community in Oberon will benefit from more than $173,000 in funding to support to continuing restoration and fit-out of the historic Malachi Gilmore Hall as part of the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Grants program, Member for Bathurst MP Paul Toole said today.

Mr Toole said the funding will help return the well-known Art Deco building in Oberon’s main street to its former glory and demonstrates the government’s ongoing support for the local the community in the wake of the impacts of COVID-19 and bushfires.

“The fit-out of the State Heritage-listed Malachi Gilmore Hall will restore and reactivate the historical cultural centrepiece of Oberon,” he said.

“Lucy and Johnny East are passionate about ensuring this gem remains a focal point for the community for generations to come.

“If you walk into the hall today you wouldn’t recognise it compared to 12 months ago, such has been the progress made in restoring the interior.

“I know the community of Oberon is eager to see the Malachi Gilmore Hall back in action as a venue for mixed arts film, performing arts, visual arts and crafts.”

The latest funding will allow for:

  • The installation of grids and trusses for theatre lighting and exhibition hanging systems;
  • A cinema projector and screen;
  • Auditorium lighting and sound system; and
  • Hearing aid loop and stage curtains.


Mr Toole said $4 million in grants has been awarded to 32 projects across sport and recreation, arts and culture, disaster readiness and essential community infrastructure.  

“Our Government is pleased to provide this much-needed support which will stimulate local economic activity and help organisations get back on their feet after facing often devastating impacts of bushfires and COVID-19,” Mr Toole said.  

“The $12.5 million yearly program is aimed at funding projects to build or upgrade community facilities, and the latest round gave special consideration for projects to repair and rebuild community assets affected by bushfires.     

“The projects will help boost participation in sports; encouraging active engagement in local theatres, creative arts and museums; and helping communities recover and prepare for future challenges.” 

The Infrastructure Grants program is made possible by Clubgrants Category 3, a fund which re-invests profits from registered clubs’ gaming machines into community projects.  

Since 2015, the NSW Government has funded more than 350 community projects worth $62 million under the Infrastructure Grants program.   

Applications for the next round of funding open from Monday, 21 September 2020.

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