Media Release | 3 August 2022
'Cryon Hall near Walgett has been transformed from an unfenced venue on the Kamilaroi Highway that was cold in winter and hot in summer to an air-conditioned hub that is fully enclosed, making it safer and more comfortable for families.
Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson said the NSW Government has invested $93,500 upgrading the hall and grounds, supporting local trade work at a time when the region was dealing with the impacts of COVID and drought.
“Cryon Hall was falling into disrepair but this investment has given it a new lease of life and made it a more comfortable, safer and attractive venue for the community,” Mr Anderson said.
“Upgrades have included a new fence to keep children away from the highway, air conditioning and internal lining to ease temperature extremes in summer and winter, a rainwater tank for drinking water, structural repairs and a fresh paint job.”
Cryon, a small rural community with a population of about 46, relies on its community hall which is located on a Crown land reserve.
The hall hosts community events and also meetings for organisations including the local Rotary Club, Presbyterian Church, Silo Committee, Railway and Roads Committee, and Country Women’s' Association.
Annual community Christmas festivities are also held at the hall where a tree is decorated, adults bring plates of food, and a resident Santa Claus hands out presents that parents have arranged for their children.
Cryon Hall reserve member Ange McMahon welcomed the improvements that have been funded by the NSW Government’s Crown Reserves Improvement Fund, which enhances community facilities and recreational spaces across the state.
“The hall is an essential asset but was in pretty ordinary condition and there were concerns it may not last the distance, so the upgrades have extended its life to ensure it can continue to be used by the community,” Mrs McMahon said.