The School of Arts management committee first discussed the need for an accessible toilet, with appropriate internal access, in 2008. Since that time, a lot of effort has been put into making this project a reality. Draft plans were discussed from 2008, and a Development Application was granted as far back as 2013. The plans included an extended veranda on the western side of the Hall, a new staircase to the existing toilet block, accessible toilet, performer’s change room and a widened back door.
Then came the hard work of raising and locating funds for this project. This process took several years to accomplish and in the intervening years, construction requirements changed, costs rose dramatically, and a new builder needed to be found. An amended application was submitted in 2019, followed by several fund-raising efforts and grant applications. Construction commenced in March 2021 with a local Tomerong builder, David Walker Building, carrying out the building works. The project was certified complete in January 2022. After such a long, hard road, a long-awaited official opening celebration event took place at the Tomerong Market day on Saturday 19 February, attended by the Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips, Shoalhaven City Councillors Patricia White and Evan Christen, and IMB Vincentia Branch Manager Kathleen Puller.
The Tomerong School of Arts Committee is proud to finally be able to provide a fully accessible toilet and performers' change room. We would also like to thank the various funding organisations as well as the hard work and dedication of all the committee members, past and present, who helped this project come to fruition.
Tomerong School of Arts would like to thank the following organisations for their assistance in funding this project. Without their generosity, this project would not have become a reality.