Rumbriah hall almost ready to open

A NEW community hall built to replace the outdated Rumbriah Hall in Canley Heights will open its doors to the public in the next month.

The Rotary Club of Cabramatta, which held Rumbriah Hall in trust, agreed to transfer the land to the council after it built the club a storage facility next to Cabramatta's SES headquarters.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said that as well as the community centre, the council bought land to create a park and car park at the site.

He said the council contributed more than $1 million towards the project, as well as using a $600,000 state government grant.

"There will be 45 new car spaces, which will be open to the community this week," Cr Carbone said.

"We have got all different needs of our local community being put together in the integrated development, including parking, a baby health clinic and early childhood centre."

Cr Carbone said the facility could also be used by residents for gatherings.

The Canley Heights Progress Association built Rumbriah Hall in the late 1940s.

It shut down a year ago after falling into disrepair.

Canley Heights Community Group president Iris Wells said she was thrilled to see the hall rebuilt.

"We're so happy because for a very long time we used to meet in a small demountable at the back," she said.

Community development worker for The Heights Community Service Julie Watton said she was ecstatic to have a new community centre.

"Canley Heights has not had a proper community hall for some years now and that's what I'm really excited to see," she said.

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