Anglican Parish of New Town and Lenah Valley

St James Hall
St James Hall nearing completion.

The Anglican Parish of New Town and Lenah Valley has been providing social and spiritual support to the local community for over 90 years. The Parish is also responsible for managing the St James Community Hall which is co-located with the church.

As evidence of their commitment to their community, the Parish has engaged a children and families employee to offer social and spiritual support to children and families within their community.  They have also, over recent years, invested considerable funds in building improvements to ensure that the community hall meets current standards and is available as a meeting place and community facility for the foreseeable future.

The Tasmanian Community Fund provided support to the Parish to upgrade the amenities at the hall.  This involved demolishing and rebuilding the amenities on the western end of the hall to provide new male and female toilets and a unisex accessible toilet, creating internal and external entrances to the new facilities, ensuring that all amenities were accessible without steps and providing baby change facilities.

As a result of the upgrade the Parish has been able to increase the occupancy of the hall from 100 to 200 people and ensure that the whole community can access and use the facility.  The upgrade has enabled the Parish and the considerable number of other users, community organisations and individuals, to provide safe and accessible activities to a greater number of participants.