State cash clears mice from kitchen 

Mischievous mice will be kicked out of their home in the Rankins Springs and District War Memorial Hall thanks to a $10,000 grant from the state government.

The management committee applied for $194,000 from the 2013 Community Building Partnership Program to completely overhaul the ageing building but had to prioritise the kitchen to manage a rodent infestation.

Committee member Jenny Caughey said no amount of pest control could get rid of the rats and as the kitchen was 30 years old, a renovation was overdue.

"We asked for an awful lot, a complete refurbishment costing $194,000 to take out a wall and install sliding doors to make better use of the space," she said.

"Unfortunately we have had to prioritise the kitchen because it is past its use-by-date.

"It will be a greater call upon our time and we'll have to be a lot more involved than if we received all the money and could have tradesmen do all the work, but we're very used to that."

Mrs Caughey said the renovation would continue the long-standing success of the local institution.

"The hall is used for preschool, weddings, balls, parties, funerals, church services, meetings, educational courses, school presentation night and extensively used for fundraising events," she said.

"It is the focal point of our community along with the school."

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