IT was a case of third time lucky for the Binya Public Hall Trust after they finally snared a state community award on Saturday night.
The Trust are now deciding how to spend an extra $5000 after taking out the Crown Lands Crown Reserve Trust Community Managers category at the 2013 Regional Achievement and Community Awards.
Trust member Paul Conlan travelled to Newcastle to accept the award the third consecutive year Binya had been nominated after they beat out the Bulahdelah War Memorial and the Tuggerah Lakes Reserve Trust.
Fellow Trust member Helen Dalton said, "It's fantastic news".
"The win is a big issue for the volunteers," she said.
"The award goes to the organisation and the people behind it.
"They are good people to work with who are supportive and know what we want."
After they missed out on last year's award, Ms Dalton was left wondering "how much more do we have to do to be recognised?".
But after being encouraged to re-apply for this year's awards, she was happy to report "It's finally paid off".
The hall has undergone extensive repairs over the years, maintaining the character established by the first soldier-settlers in the early 1900's.
Ms Dalton said when the nomination was lodged, she had a chance to compare photos from 2008 and July this year.
"It's unbelievable really, the changes we've made," she said.
On the wish list for the hall is a storage shed, children's play equipment, air-conditioning, back fence and a barbeque area.
However, the $5000 cash prize will be put towards the storage shed, which Ms Dalton said is their priority.
"It's badly needed," she said.
"It's all about making it as easy as possible for the volunteers.
"(The hall is) a work in progress.
"We've got 20 years work in front of us."