In the South
The RSA Hall in Winton is in the middle of a $68,000 face-lift.
The hall, in the town's main street, is next door to the Winton Bakery, and Winton Community Board chairman John McHugh said the work would give the hall a new lease on life.
''It's a hall that gets quite a bit of use and we've got to maintain and preserve our assets in the town,'' he said.
''This is the headquarters for the RSA in Winton and I understand the members are quite excited about all of the changes.''
Work included a refurbished Anzac lounge, with new carpets, drapes, tables and chairs, a redeveloped outdoor area with new seating and plantings, and changes to the hall's façade including seismic strengthening and a new coat of paint.
''I think the area's going to be really nice once it's complete.''It's an investment in the town and it's a great way to support the local RSA members.''
The town's Memorial Hall was next on the agenda, he said.
In a letter to the Winton Community Board, RSA secretary Lenore Middleton said the newly refurbished Anzac lounge had made a big difference.
''It is outstanding - clean, bright, comfortable and no musty smell,'' she said.
''Our thanks to the council for the transformation ...it is looking so good now.
''It's hoped it will be used more by various groups and organisations.''
- The Southland Times