A LONG-RUNNING Upper Murray charity will soon have a new roof over its head after months of searching for a permanent home and several setbacks.
Corryong FoodShare Services plans to operate out of the former Girl Guides Hall at Corryong.
It had operated from the Corryong Scout Hall for the past 15 years on the proviso it would move out should the Scouts need it back.
Corryong FoodShare Services spokeswoman Pastor Carol Allen said the charity hoped to move camps within weeks pending building inspections and renovation works.
"It needs some work on the foundations before we move in and the tradies are already flat out," she said.
"But it's a larger building than the Scouts Hall and it's structurally sound."
Mrs Allen said the Guides no longer operated in the town and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) owned the double block.
She said they hoped to secure a long-term lease from DELWP.
"The money we'd raised to buy a new building - about $40,000 - will go into the renovations and fit-out of the hall," Mrs Allen said.
"The Towong Shire Council building inspectors have suggested we add a disabled bathroom too."
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Mrs Allen said they had missed out on the Corryong Hospital's old gym building, which was sold by tender recently.
"We had our hearts set on it because it was fit-for-purpose and we could have stored both our food and furniture on site," she said.
"The Guides Hall is smaller than the gym but hopefully we'll be able to put up a shed for the furniture on the double block."
Having started in 1997, Corryong FoodShare has 120 clients, up from 30 before the 2020 summer bushfire crisis. The service covers 4000 square kilometres around Corryong, more than half the size of Towong Shire itself. It gets referrals from Gateway Health (Wodonga), Albury Wodonga Health and Corryong Health.
Mrs Allen said they welcomed donations to offset the cost of the renovations.
"The Rotary clubs of Albury-Wodonga, Belvoir and Bethanga have already given us good assistance," she said.
To donate contact Carol Allen on 0427 762 051.
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