In April 2010 the UPA committee, in conjunction with Wagga Wagga City Council and Origin Energy opened our ‘New’ Community Hall. Our hall has ducted heating and cooling, a fully appointed kitchen including crockery and cutlery, a small stage area, large verandah, tables, chairs, whiteboard, data projector, WiFi access and toilets and showers. Our Hall exists for the community and is available for hire for private and public functions as well as small community groups. Regular users include church groups, community groups, Wagga Wagga City Council, Origin Energy, Schools, Women’s Groups and Sporting Clubs.
The Uranquinty Community Hall has everything you need in a modern well-appointed facility:
- Comfortably seats up to 100 guests. Tables and chairs are included in the hire charge
- A fully appointed kitchen including crockery and cutlery
- A raised stage, perfect for presentations
- Data projector available for hire
- Large undercover area overlooking the full size oval. Ideal for team building activities, sporting or cultural groups
- Full bathroom facilities includes disability access, toilets and showers
- In 2018 UPA received funding to install a dividing wall so that smaller events or meetings can be held without the need to use the entire space.
- Charges for hiring the hall depend on the type and timing for the event. Please contact us for more details
- Unfortunately we no longer hire the hall for 18th or 21st birthday parties because of problems we have experienced in the past
The Neighbourhood Centre
The Uranquinty Neighbourhood Centre has played an important role in our village since 1983. In September 1979 the Progress Association received a letter from Lorraine Charters enquiring about the possibility of establishing a community centre or neighbourhood centre. Progress agreed to support the idea in both principle and financially, writing to WWCC, to ask them to set aside land near the new sporting complex in Connorton Street (Ted Jeffery Oval) A public meeting was called in in February 1980 and a committee formed to prep area submission, raise funds and organise research into the needs of the community.
The committee consisted of Mrs R Mason, Mrs R Roberts and Mrs L Charters, later joined by Jenny Rodham and Merle Jeffery. WWCC agreed to take on the financing and building of the Centre and hand over the building to the committee when completed. Tenders were called for the building inJune 1982 and the centre was ready to be used by the 23 May, 1983. The official opening was held on 23 July with over 60 people attending and a management group of local residents set up as a community based council committee to run the centre: Chairperson Alf Hooper, Vice Chairpersons Irene Flanigan, Lorraine Charters,Secretary Jenny Rodham, Treasurer Tricia Viergever, Publicity Officer Sharon Brown,Property Officer Mary Skewes and Ground Curator Greg Collins.
Playgroup was the first group to use the new building along with outreach programs and fundraising activities.Groups using the centre on a regular basis included a friendship group, craft afternoons, a hairdresser, a doctor, baby health clinic and various church groups. The preschool began in 1984 and still remains the major user of the building.In 1985 Jenny Rodham received a Telecom Advance Australia award for services to the Neighbourhood Centre and retired from the committee in 1986 with Judy Rodham and Peter Kendall joining the management group. In 1987, the cenotaph was relocated to an area just outside the centre because of projected road works in Morgan Street. These did not eventuate and Anzac services were held at the Neighbourhood Centre until their final relocation back to Wirraway Park in 2002.The management committee has slowly diminished over the years and the last two members Belinda McMahon and Sue O’Brien have retired after tirelessly working for the last 26 years.The great news is that two of our newer residents Jordan Rodham and Jody Hyderalong with four committee members have volunteered to take over the management and we thank them for coming forward, as we also thank Belinda and Sue for their many years of looking after this very important building.
We have welcomed the Department of Education’s decision to continue the free preschool program in 2021. The Department funds fifteen hours of preschool. This is equivalent to two full days at Uranquinty Preschool. Thosefamilies needing three days pay for the third day at 2020 fee rates.Our preschool waiting list is healthy and we have children waiting to attendthroughout the year. We are also taking enrolments for 2022 but, at this stagedo not know how our funding will look. We are hopeful that the Start Strong Funding will continue which makes preschool very affordable.
For enrolment details please contact Louise on 6922 9787 or [email protected]
Come along to Uranquinty playgroup every Tuesday 9.30-12 at the Uranquinty Pre School. It’s a great opportunity to get out and meet new people in the community while the children get to play and use their imagination in a safe and secure area. With access to the play equipment, swings and sandpit, enjoy a cuppa and a chat while the children interact and burn off some energy. Social distancing will need to be adhered to by parents and careers. Hand sanitiser will be available for all to use.
For more information please see the Uranquinty Playgroup Facebook page (Quinty Playgroup)
Uranquinty is home to a number of local and regional businesses. For your convenience, we’ve compiled a helpful directory of local businesses and services, all of which can be found below.