Cooroy Memorial Hall to be renovated
NO LONGER will Cooroy locals have to fear their historic, but rundown, memorial hall will be knocked down for town open space after the Noosa Council unanimously voted to help bankroll a community upgrade and maintenance program.
Noosa councillors are willing to allocate a capped $192,000 from the heritage levy funds on a dollar for dollar basis including "in kind” contributions with the Cooroy Memorial Hall Association. The council has voted to give the CMHA a five-year lease once the upgrades are achieved.
And as Deputy Mayor Frank Wilkie summed up the rescue package, the council had finally taken former councillor Ray Kelly's advice to "get off their a**** and save the hall”.
The Cooroy Hall supporters in the council gallery were delighted with the council support last Monday when the councillors embraced the staff recommendation to buy into a "reno rescue”.
Council's director of community services Alan "Fox” Rogers said the association's building sub-committee was made up of very skilled people with building, architecture and engineering backgrounds.
"I believe they will be managing this project very, very carefully. It's a great committee.
"The Cooroy community really does want this renovation and, just like council, they want to see a partnership,” Mr Rogers said.
His report to council was that the community wants the hall to be reopened to the public again for community events and exhibitions, dance classes, weddings and "possibly even markets”.
Mayor Tony Wellington congratulated the Cooroy community on its willingness to participate by taking on this significant responsibility.
"Arguably the best results do occur when we partner with the community. With community buy-in, we also have much higher levels of activation,” Cr Wellington said.