The Emerald Hill hall is well and truly back in action.
The hall's electrical upgrades should be completed in the coming weeks but the new verandah and toilet facilities have already been tried and tested by a number of user groups including the fortnightly Ooranga playgroup and fitness classes.
Mum Nicola Plevey said the new undercover area was great because "they're all farm kids used to being outdoors".
"It's all up and full functioning and we've already had a few events," progress association chairman Scott McCalman said.
"It's just a picture. It's really good to see it all modified and a good team effort."
The works have been funded by the Community Building Partnership Program grant, Drought Communities Program and Monsanto's Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal fund.
The association recently held its AGM and Mr McCalman applauded its members for "pushing through, remaining resilient and positive" in the face of the drought.
"The drought has certainly got us firmly in its grip, and hopefully the end is near," he said.
"In total contrast to the drought, our association has had an extremely positive and constructive year."
"Our committee members, and particularly our secretary, Maxine McDonald, and our catering organiser, Lyn Carter have worked tirelessly with our functions, and our major hall modernisation upgrades.
"A big thank you to our volunteers at these events, and also a huge thank you for all the wonderful and delicious food that has been provided and generously donated by our very busy ladies at all our functions this year.
"It is this amazing spirit, and good old bush hall hospitality, that keeps our Emerald Hill community vibrant, and people coming back for more."
In total contrast to the drought, our association has had an extremely positive and constructive year.Scott McCalman, Emerald Hill Progress Association
Mr McCalman said other achievements included the upgrade of the hall stage, replacement of loose floorboards, and a new stairway.
"We lobbied [Gunnedah Shire] Council on behalf of the community for dust suppression, and we facilitated a large public forum with regard to the Vickery coal mine expansion," he said.
The chairman said the association was the beating heart of the hall.
"I feel we have a great community group, with a vibrant, and inviting community hall, and we are getting more of the community involved each year," he said.
"Our committee are trying new initiatives with meetings, weddings, parties, fashion parades, CWA functions, playgroup, fitness, information days, and much more.
"Without the Emerald Hill Progress Association, none of these events would be possible, so keep up the great work, and I encourage everyone to keep being involved."
This year's committee includes Mr McCalman who returned as chairman, Wayne Cartman as vice chairman, Jo McCalman as secretary, Christine Bemet as catering officer and Maxine McDonald as treasurer.
A fashion parade will be hosted by the progress association and Emerald Hill CWA on October 12.
Beat the Drought at the Hill will feature the latest clothing from Hassab's Fashions and live music from 2pm.
There's a free drink on arrival, antipasto platters and bar facilities. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on the day or from Second Edition Book Store in Gunnedah.