Local residents have celebrated the completion of a $14,000 project to refurbish facilities at the Stockyard Creek Community Hall, funded as part of Powerlink Queensland’s Community Benefits Program. Speaking at a barbeque held at the hall on Friday night (24 April), Powerlink Construction Manager Max Gardener said the Stockyard Creek Community Hall Committee received the funding in late 2007 to maintain and upgrade amenities at the hall. “Powerlink’s funding enabled the Committee to install water tanks, replace guttering, upgrade toilets, replace the refrigerator and purchase a new kitchen fan,” Mr Gardener said. “We were delighted to support this highly worthwhile project and recognise that Stockyard Creek Community Hall is a very important community asset, used regularly for community events such as church services, weddings, school concerts, charity fundraisers, and hosting a mobile library. “We hope that residents from surrounding localities including Flagstone, Lilydale, Rockmount and Preston will take full advantage of the refurbished hall for many years to come,” he said. Mr Gardener said Powerlink’s Community Benefits Program (CBP) was implemented in conjunction with the Middle Ridge to Greenbank transmission line, which was commissioned in early 2008. “Powerlink’s CBP provides funding for selected projects that deliver tangible and lasting benefits to local communities in close proximity to new transmission lines. “Our Middle Ridge to Greenbank CBP provided $267,000 for local community projects across Gatton, Laidley, Ipswich and Beaudesert. “We’re very proud of our commitment to working closely with local communities in areas where we have existing or future infrastructure, and this Stockyard Creek Community Hall project is just one example of a positive community partnership in action,” he said.