Penneshaw Hall kitchen gets upgrades after fires on Kangaroo Island

KITCHEN RENOVATIONS: Pictured in the Penneshaw Hall kitchen at the unveiling of the Honour Roll are Kristy and Tasman Harvey, Betty McAdam, Robyn Field, Jayne Bates and Joy Willson. Photo: Stan Gorton
KITCHEN RENOVATIONS: Pictured in the Penneshaw Hall kitchen at the unveiling of the Honour Roll are Kristy and Tasman Harvey, Betty McAdam, Robyn Field, Jayne Bates and Joy Willson. Photo: Stan Gorton

The kitchen at the Penneshaw Hall has recently been upgraded so it can serve the community in times of need.

Penneshaw Progress Association committee member Jayne Bates said the upgrade came about following the recent bushfire disaster, when on two nights on January 3 and January 9, 2020, the evacuation orders went out across the Island.

Of course, KI has only two designated 'Safer Places', Kingscote oval and the Penneshaw oval.

"On each night we had in excess of distressed 500 folk arrive at the oval here, and volunteers worked throughout the night to assist where we could," she said.

"We found beds for most of the elderly, and those with small children, but we still had hundreds sleeping in their cars."

The kitchen at the hall did not complying to the current standards, with little or no appliances/facilities to provide warm drinks and basic food, she said.

"Thankfully on these two nights, the local cafes voluntarily opened and provided what they could until about 3am in the morning," Mrs Bates said.

Following those events, the progress association decided to apply for funding to upgrade facilities.

"This led us to apply for FRRR (Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal) funding through the Strengthening Rural communities program, which we have matched with our own funds," she said.

The progress association is installing new stainless steel bench tops and complying splash backs, new sinks, taps and a commercial dishwasher, new pie warmer, microwave, fridges, urns, sandwich toasters and more.

"We are also replacing the roller door with a new window, which can also act as a servery," she said.

"While the efforts of the community on the two nights in January were sensational, we will have a great functioning and workable kitchen for the next time to help folk even more at a time of great anxiety."

Soon-to-be refurbished WWII honour board.

Soon-to-be refurbished WWII honour board.

Meanwhile, it was announced last month that the second Honour Roll at the Penneshaw Hall, covering World War II, will now be able to refurbished thanks to a federal government grant.

The hall's World War I Honour Roll has already been refurbished and was unveiled earlier this year.

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