Tursa team works wonders at Wollongbar

Wollongbar Hall committee president Margaret Webb with (l-r) Tursa marketing manager Glenn Costello, Work-for-the-Dole participants Jay Marsh, Mark Fletcher and Ben McGrigor, and Tursa team leader Barry Morrison outside the Wollongbar Hall.

When Wollongbar Hall committee president Margaret Webb contacted Ballina Shire Council in June with a desperate plea for maintenance workers, the immediate response was ring Tursa.

Six months later Margaret can proudly show off the immaculate renovations done by the Work-for-the-Dole team at Wollongbar Hall, including installation of awnings, tiling work, and interior and exterior painting.

Tursa has been absolutely wonderful and the boys have done a fantastic job, said Margaret. I think the Work-for-the-Dole scheme is a wonderful way for unemployed people to gain work skills and at the same time help community projects that are always in desperate need of volunteer hands.

The Wollongbar Hall turned 100 this year and Margaret said these final refurbishments have given the hall a new lease on life.

Halls are an integral part of the community and Im really trying to put Wollongbars on the map, said Margaret. There is a lot going on in Wollongbar and a lot of it happens right here in the hall.

Margaret estimated that using the Work-for-the-Dole team saved the hall committee at least $10,000 in labour costs.

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