The Cooroy Memorial Hall in its heyday as the school of arts building.
The Cooroy Memorial Hall in its heyday as the school of arts building. Contributed

Update on Cooroy Hall restoration

Cooroy's hall is now back in community hands after the Noosa Council voted last week to lease the hall to the Cooroy Memorial Hall Association Inc. for five years.

The CMHA intends to begin work immediately on the renovation of the hall.

CMHA President Mr Paul Kluck said the cost of the repairs to the hall would be met by community fundraising, donations of money and labour, and grants.

"Our committee estimated that the cost to repair and renovate the hall will be $384,000," Mr Kluck said. " That will see the roof structure repaired, fire and safety regulations met, upgraded toilets and kitchen, new paintwork and a new weather protected entry."

Noosa Council have agreed to match any community raised funds and in-kind labour to a capped amount of $192,000," Mr Kluck said.

The CMHA will now begin fundraising efforts and would ask the community for support, he said.

Mr Kluck said that although Bendigo Bank had pledged to donate $100,000 towards the renovation costs a few years ago, the offer had been conditional upon the receipt of a grant from another source.

"Unfortunately, those funds never materialised," Mr Kluck said.

THE CMHA is currently accepting offers of assistance and donations from the community.

Mr Kluck said any person who would like to help the CMHA to re-open the hall should contact CMHA secretary Louise Jorgensen by email at secretarycmha@outlook.com or leave a message on the Committee's Facebook page.

 


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