By Ros Pearce
There have been so many wonderful things happening at the Biloela Community Arts site lately and it is all due to funding from the Community Benefit Gambling Fund, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, CS Energy, Biloela Rotary, RADF Biloela, the Flying Arts Alliance and the many departments within the Banana Shire Council.
The long awaited exterior painting of the house has been completed and it is no longer the shabby little house on the corner that no one sees! The roof has been cleaned and repaired, the floors levelled, the ramp repaired and a new set of stairs and landing installed. Valley Construction and Ivan Critchell Painters have done a great job in bringing the house back to life. Thanks to a community grant, Council have been on the job tidying up the front area with the removal of a couple of trees overhanging the house which has opened up the entrance to the site.
A recent funding application has been secured to install a restroom with disability access in the house. The Iwasaki Foundation has been a great champion to restoring the site so it can be used by everyone. This project will hopefully be completed early in the new year.
Workshops remained popular over the past couple of months including Rosie Reynolds’ macramé workshops and some special Christmas glass ornament sessions. Plus the Biloela Community Garden is set to take off. If there is something you would like to learn, please let us know. Better still, if you know, or are, a talented person, we would love to meet you.
Check out what’s happening on our Facebook page, Biloela Community Arts House. If you’re interested in becoming a member, want to run a workshop, or special group, or would like to be involved in the gardening projects, send us a message.
The Community Arts House committee are keen for the site to be a place where all members of the community can visit, use, share their knowledge and skills and build new friendships. Look out for our blue tree as our commitment to helping the Biloela community and surrounding area to maintain positive mental health and wellbeing.