Working for a Cooroy Memorial Hall 'reno' comeback
AFTER being off limits to its community for safety fears, the comeback of the Cooroy Memorial Hall is about to begin.
But at first, this community hub will only be open to the renovation workforce as a part of a community and council partnership to bring the neglected town asset into line with workplace health and safety standards.
The Cooroy Memorial Hall Association has signed an agreement with the council, allowing the association to commence work on the hall and a building application will be lodged to start work.
CMHA president Paul Kluck said local builder Harry Kirk will be the principal contractor to carry out improvements to the hall, including upgrades to the hall's toilets and kitchen areas.
The agreement with the council provides up to $192,000 from the heritage levy to fund the renovations, with the CMHA to provide an equivalent amount in cash, resources and in-kind services.
Mr Kluck said the CMHA hoped the renovations of the hall could be completed by Christmas this year.
"In the meantime, the community will see many fundraising ventures conducted to raise the necessary funds," the builder said.
"We welcome the involvement of all members of the community in the effort to re-open our hall."
Mayor Tony Wellington said the signing of the deed of agreement was an important step toward seeing the hall re-open.
"I commend the Cooroy Memorial Hall Association members for their enthusiasm and their commitment to seeing the hall restored," Cr Wellington said.
The former hall trustee the Cooroy RSL board originally received an electrical safety inspection report which highlighted a number of public safety concerns and in November decided to close the structure until remedial works were carried out.
A month later, the RSL commissioned a building report to which found structural damage relating to termites and the
condition of the roof and the sub-floor.
A number of community meetings were held to discuss the plight of this historic building amid fears it may be lost as a community hub forever.
The Cooroy Community Hall Action Group was then formed to pressure authorities into having the hall reopened.