Lithgow’s Civic Ballroom Building, located within the Tony Luchetti Showground Precinct, has been upgraded to ensure its ongoing safety, and to support its use as an evacuation centre in times of emergency.
The Council received $300,000 in funding from the NSW Government’s Bushfire Community Recovery & Resilience Fund to partly fund the project.
The works included structural and drainage rectifications to the building, as well as replacement of the roof, upgraded lighting to LED and renovation of the western bathrooms.
The installation of a water tank, an electrical connection for a generator, a fire alarm system, defibrillator, and satellite Wi-Fi connectivity will also ensure the building’s suitability as an evacuation centre, during times of emergency.
“The Civic Ballroom is a much-loved community asset, which is used by a number of associations for different events” said Mayor of Lithgow, Councillor Maree Statham.
“Upgrading the building to ensure its suitability as an evacuation centre will place Lithgow in a better position to provide emergency accommodation and cooking facilities in times of crisis, such as during the 2019 bushfire event” continued the Mayor.