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The Quaama hall kitchen is available for hire. Inspections are invited by potential users.
This facility has BVSC approval for use as a commercial kitchen and meets all Australian standards for a commercial kitchen – this means that any products produced in this kitchen can be sold elsewhere for public consumption.
- Stove – 90cm wide with electric oven (2 x 90cm shelves) and gas cooktop with four burners and a wok burner;
- Large refrigerator with top freezer space;
- Generous stainless steel bench tops for workspace;
- Two by large/deep stainless steel washing sinks and separate hand washing sink and taps;
- Microwave oven;
- Electric hot water service that is small enough to heat up quickly (and which we require be turned off before leaving);
- Large electric urn for large gatherings, small electric jug, basic cooking trays and pans, utensils, cups, saucers, plates (approx. 80 pcs) and cutlery (users are encouraged to bring their own favourite cooking facilities)
- Good galley style kitchen layout with generous space to move about easily.
|Quaama Hall Bookings||Alicia Cowin
The Quaama School of Arts is one of 20 community halls in the Bega Valley owned and operated by the Bega Valley Shire Council, which recognises that such buildings are important places for the community to engage in social, artistic, cultural, educational and recreational activities.
Council recognises that these halls could not be provided to the community without the efforts of individual community hall committees and the wide range of volunteers who assist the committees to manage and maintain the facilities.
Council’s hall committee management structure is based on two levels of committee;
- The General Halls and Buildings Committee (Section 355 committee) – a peak advisory committee to Council consisting of a representative from each of the individual hall committees in the shire;
- An individual Committee for each individual hall – which operates under strict guidelines and delegations prescribed by legislation.
This framework is governed by The Local Government Act 1993 which details how Council can exercise its functions in respect of a wide range of community services and facilities.
The Roles and Responsibilities of individual hall committees are:
- General care and maintenance of the hall;
- Management of bookings for use of the hall;
- Development and implementation of a budget covering operational maintenance and capital development;
- Exercise of financial delegations for activities endorsed in the Budget and for incidental purchases;
- Authorisation of essential emergency repairs where Council after hours assistance is unable to coordinate such repairs;
- Nomination of a representative and an alternate representative for appointment to the General Halls and Building Committee.
The Quaama School of Arts Management Committee
Our committee is made up of 8 committed and dedicated volunteers. Hans, Janet and Veronica have each served on this committee for more than 10 years. They have seen many changes both to the hall itself, and to the way in which Council manages its facilities and works with and through its volunteers.
Under Council rules, we are allowed to have another four members on the Committee, and individuals wishing to become part of this team are very welcome and should simply contact one of the Committee to express their interest.
Over recent years, this group of people has been very successful in obtaining funds from Council through its annual maintenance budget to carry out important repairs and upgrades to the Hall, and in winning significant grant funding from other external sources for more major renovations and upgrades. Work undertaken since 2010 includes:
- A complete restumping of the building
- Installation of a fully approved commercial kitchen
- Internal lining of walls and ceiling to the rooms on either side of the stage and internal staircase
- Replacement and painting of external hardwood timber cladding in the most worn places
- Upgrade to the Foyer including mantle piece, chandelier, curtains and furnishings
- Installation of new bio-septic system which will also provide water for the gardens
- Renewal of the grounds and gardens
Many jobs remain on the wish list when funding can be found;
- Disabled access ramp from the supper room (Stop Press – funding has just been received from the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal and this work will commence as soon as possible)
- Repairs to the ceiling in the main Hall.
- Addition of new children’s playground – work shortly to commence
- Addition of a Disabled Toilet to the toilet block – also shortly to become a reality.
Volunteers and willing workers wanted!
The Hall Committee itself undertakes all the routine maintenance and cleaning at the Hall. With a team of just 8 people, it’s easy to see how this can become a problem to sustain, especially when physical and health capacities wane from time to time.
Monthly working bees at the Hall are ongoing with tasks including gardening, cleaning, painting, and undertaking minor repairs. Anyone wanting to offer their services to assist from time to time would be very welcome and should contact any member of the committee to offer their services, either just for one time, or more regularly.
Friends of Quaama School of Arts
This is a recent initiative and consists of a loose band of people from the community who wish to identify more closely with the School of Arts hall and who are prepared to make financial donations from time to time, or assist in the raising of funds to enable important work to be undertaken or items of significance to be purchased.
Anyone wanting to become a “Friend of Quaama School of Arts” should contact a member of the committee who will follow up with them. It does not require attendance at meetings or any kind of regular commitment. Benefits are still being worked out and assistance to help get this initiative off the ground would be much appreciated.
Our meetings are irregular – varying between every 6-12 weeks. Next Hall Committee meeting will be put on the blackboard in front of the Hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe, seek permission to speak on an issue of concern or ask the committee to consider a certain matter. Observers/members of the public have no vote.