Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today joined community members to officially open the upgraded Avenel Hall.

Ms Symes secured $300,000 in Andrews Government funding for the $400,000 upgrade works to the historic hall.

Ms Symes said the modernised hall will provide local residents with improved spaces for community meetings and events, as well as a creative space for dance and arts and crafts activities.

Ms Symes said the project has increased the footprint of the Hall by approximately 25 per cent, as well as provided energy efficient facilities and additional spaces that can be used independently of the main hall.

The upgrade included:

  • An extension to the rear of the Avenel Memorial Hall which includes a rehearsal/craft room, two meeting rooms, toilet facilities and secure storage areas and
  • Structural improvements to the existing building

“The hall has been an important community hub for the residents of Avenel since 1907 when it was first constructed, however, ageing infrastructure and a growing population meant it was due for an upgrade and Labor has delivered,” Ms Symes said.


“Avenel Hall has a rich history, it’s a place that has kept the community connected and strong for over one hundred years and this upgrade ensures it provides for the community for decades to come.

“The Avenel Hall upgrade has resulted in a community facility that meets the current and future needs of Avenel, a small but steadily growing town, and the surrounding districts which it services.

“The Labor Government is proud to support the Avenel Hall upgrade – a true community initiative.”

The Victorian Government has supported the project in close consultation with the Strathbogie Shire Council, which has worked alongside local residents and community groups to shape and drive the project.


The Victorian Government has invested in the Avenel Hall Upgrade through its $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund which supports initiatives that create jobs, drive economic growth and strengthen regional communities.