THE long awaited re-sheeting of the roof of Narooma School of Arts Memorial Hall housing the Kinema begins on Monday and is expected to take two weeks.
Kinema operator John Griffiths said thanks to arrangements made with Narooma Plumbing Services, the work will be done in such a way that the cinema will be able to operate safely at evenings and through the weekend while the work is being done.
The Memorial Hall is owned by the community, held in trust for the community by the School of Arts, managed by a voluntary committee, and leased for use to John and Janette Griffiths as a cinema.
Narooma School of Arts president Jock Munro said the committee was delighted this work is finally being done, thanks to a $30,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership program.
“We were delighted to be successful with our fourth application for funding, and that will pay most of the cost which will also include improved insulation,” Mr Munro said.
He explained heavy rains in February 2010 caused major problems with parts of the roof.
“That was fixed under insurance, but it also highlighted the rest of the roof sheeting would need replacing as most of it dates from the 1950s and in some places we think earlier, and it has been patched over the years.”
Member for Bega Andrew Constance was delighted to have secured funding for the Narooma community for what he said was “a very worthwhile project”.
The work will take two weeks, weather permitting.