A freak storm last Tuesday caused about $100,000 in damage to Lalalty hall after the roof was ripped off.
Residents saw a ‘tunnel of dust’ along Peppertree Rd, before the gale force winds hit the hall and tore off part of the roof and snapped nearby trees.
Hall committee secretary Marcia Nolan said the damage bill would be covered by insurance and no-one was at the property at the time.
‘‘I had a call from one of the neighbours who said some of the roof had blown off, I went to the hall and once I saw the damage I didn’t know who to call first,’’ she said.
It took 11 hours to have the building tarped and waterproofed and Mrs Nolan thanked the SES members for their assistance.
The hall, which was built in 1972, had recently had a $12000 upgrade, including new doors and a security system after it was the target of thieves in June last year.
And it would appear the odds are against the hall, with a lightning strike igniting nearby grass just weeks before the wind gust.
‘‘We host two major functions in the hall every year — the Christmas function and a trivia night — which attract more than 200 people, as well as hiring the hall out to host private functions’’ Mrs Nolan said.
‘‘There are not private functions booked in the coming months and so we’re hoping to have all repairs completed in time for our trivia night in June.
‘‘Any money we raise from our events go back into the community.’’