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.
At present there is no accessible entrance from the car park to the Church and Parish Hall, so this upgrade will see the addition of an access ramp that links the three. The new ramp will make it easier and safer for people with prams or a disability to access the space, as well as getting caskets in and out of the church during funerals. The toilets in the hall are also being upgraded to be accessible.
This project is being undertaken in stages, the first of which involves designing the ramp and toilets, then undertaking surveying work in preparation for construction. The Church has been granted $11,908 for this stage of the project. Architect Scott Redwood has been enlisted to work on the designs for the upgrades.
The next stage of the project involves applying to the second round of the Port Kembla Community Investment Fund to cover the construction costs.