St Stephen’s Anglican Church received $11,908 through Round 1 of the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund program to implement Stage 1 of the St Stephen’s Anglican Church Parish Hall Upgrade Project.
St Stephen’s Anglican Church Hall is used by the community for various activities throughout the year including reunions, dance training for adults and children, and church functions. The hall’s wood flooring is popular with tap dancers, with one of the regular users being the much-loved mature ladies’ dance troupe, The Silver Belles. Another is Fuzion Performing Arts, who offer classes for children. Several times a week, the rhythmic sound of tap shoe heels on wood floors can be heard echoing from the hall.
This project will increase the accessibility of the Parish Hall for people with prams, have a disability or are less mobile. It involves the construction of:
- A disabled ramp linking the carpark with the Hall and Church
- A roof over the disabled ramp
- Upgrading the hall toilets to increase their accessibility
This project is being undertaken in stages, the first of which involved designing the ramp and toilets, then undertaking surveying work in preparation for construction. This stage of the project was completed in September 2017.