Eighteen years after the death of Ulladulla boys Craig Dunn and Danny Lewis in a Kuta nightclub in Bali, the final stage of Dunn Lewis Memorial Entertainment Centre is now open.
The 600-seat auditorium was officially opened on by NSW Senator Jim Molan who scaled the new rock climbing wall to cut the ribbon on Monday morning.
Senator Molan congratulated centre manager Gayle Dunn on her determination to see the project come to fruition and says it is a fantastic example of triumph resulting from tragedy.
“This is really an example of how you can commemorate a tragic event 18 years ago with the Bali bomb, but how you can also see the drive and determination of Gayle who has put this together and has got the money to do something tremendous like this.
“We commemorate and we celebrate,” he added.
Income generated from the auditorium will be channelled back to the Dunn Lewis Foundation’s youth development and training programs.
Since its conception, Shoalhaven Councillor and former Federal Member for Gilmore Joanna Gash has been a staunch supporter of the project.
“It’s just a wonderful credit to Gayle,” Cr Gash said, “I just admire her so much for what she’s done.
“To see this project to fruition is amazing.”
As well as providing a centre for the community, Mrs Dunn provide employment and training opportunities for young people, especially those who a struggling to find employment.
“She’s not just built a building, she’s built the youth of Ulladulla as well,” Mrs Gash added.