On 4 December 2015 representatives from Shenhua Watermark Coal attended the official opening of the Breeza Hall Shenhua Community Fund project where Community members of Breeza hosted a morning tea to celebrate the opening.
In 2013, the Breeza Progress Association was successful in its application for the final round of the $1 million Shenhua Community Fund for the installation of a reverse-cycle air-conditioning system in the Hall.
Attending the opening were Gunnedah Shire Mayor, Councillor Owen Hasler, Geoff Phillips, Manager Public Facilities and Shenhua representatives Paul Jackson, Project Manager, Gerry McDonald, Human Resources Manager, Mark Howes, Environment Manager and Debbie Watson, Community Liaison Officer.
Gail Taber, who was a Breeza Hall Committee member during the nomination process and instrumental in achieving the funding, welcomed guests to the function and expressed her sincere appreciation to Shenhua for their donation to not only this project but to other projects in the Breeza community and surrounding area. Without assistance like this our small community is unable to fund such projects.
Gerry McDonald said, "Shenhua has been involved with a number of community projects throughout the area and we are pleased to be able to play a small part in the upgrade of the Breeza Hall."
"This installation of a reverse-cycle air-conditioning system in the Hall is one of the final additions to the refurbishment of the hall. It will maximise the use of the hall throughout the summer months. This project is also one of the last projects to benefit from the Watermark Community Fund, which was established as part of our exploration licence.
However, the work of the Fund over the last 5 years is only the first stage of our commitment to the area. We will continue to be involved in the local community and this will underpin how we operate in the future. The Shenhua team is already active in local community groups such as Meals on Wheels and we will continue to encourage this engagement in the years to come. To achieve this, our workers will be encouraged to live locally, so they can become a part of the local community.
Over the 30 year life of our project we intend to play an important part in the development of Gunnedah Shire and its surrounds.
And as the Gunnedah region prospers, facilities like this Hall will be important places for all local residents. I wish the committee all the best and we look forward to attending many events here at Breeza Hall in the future."
Mayor Owen Hasler responded by acknowledging Shenhua's continued support of local community projects. From a Council perspective he congratulated Shenhua on providing assistance in upgrading a valuable community asset and as a member of the Shenhua Community Fund Advisory Committee he looks forward to further projects that will come to fruition over the next twelve months.
Shenhua's Environment Manager, Mark Howes, Community Liaison Officer, Debbie Watson, Paul Jackson, Project Manager, Human Resources Manager, Gerry McDonald, and Gunnedah Shire Mayor, Owen Hasler and Manager Public Facilities, Geoff Phillips at the officially opening of the Breeza Hall Community Fund Project with local Breeza residents Wayne Mathews, Bruce and Gail Taber.