Heritage hall will be a whole lot more comfortable

The Trundle War Memorial Hall is at the heart of dozens of community events each year, now it's going to be a lot more comfortable.

The hall is going to get air conditioning and heating, and Member for Riverina Michael McCormack visited on Friday to announce $10,475 in Stronger Communities Program funding toward the $50,475 project.

Barry Harmer has been a member of the hall committee for 50 years, including 15 years serving as its president.

The hall, he describes, has been the centre of Trundle community for generations.

"We've had a terrific lot of balls here," he said.

"Diggers balls, returned servicemen's balls, CWA, Red Cross, debutante balls, footballers balls ...

From Anzac and Remembrance Day events to the ABBA Festival, the hall has hosted it all, as well as RSL meetings.

Mr McCormack said the hall was well used - more than 2500 people a year attend function there - and would be even more popular with air conditioning.

"We notice hall bookings crash during the summer months because of the heat and this will allow a lot more use of the hall, which is good for the hall and good for the community," spokesman for Trundle War Memorial Hall Committee Andrew Rawsthorne said.

"The hall plays a big role in bringing people together, especially at times such as this when it's a bit hard.

"It's something which is very special and very dear to the community.

"We really appreciate the Federal Government's support for these projects," he added.

"We're doing our absolute best here to get things cranking at the hall, this extra funding is a huge help."

The funding so far - between that announced by Mr McCormack and contributed by the hall - will enable split systems to be installed for the main part of the hall.

The other areas will follow, the committee continues to pursue other lines of funding.

The War Memorial Hall was built in 1926 as a memorial to the locals who had served in World War I. It was added to after World War II.

"It was all done with local fundraising," Mr Rawsthorne said.

The honour roll in the foyer lists more than 380 names: Mr McCormack paid tribute to those who had served their country on the battlefields.

"The mind boggles, really, the impact that must have had on this district - 380 people across two conflicts," Mr Rawsthorne said.

"It's a magnificent hall," Mr McCormack said.

One of the recent improvements at the War Memorial Hall is the installation of secure cabinets to display local war artefacts dating back to the pre-Federation conflicts.

Photographs, medals, uniforms, gas masks and even a medical kit issued in World War I are now on display in part of the hall.

These historically significant pieces have all been donated to the Memorial Hall by families of local service men and women, but until recently were kept upstairs.