Deniliquin Council is applying for a $10 million grant to remodel the town hall and council offices.December 10, 2012 4:57am
Deniliquin Council is pushing for $10 million in funding to remodel the Deniliquin Town Hall and council chambers.
The project would see the hall transformed into a cultural hub, and the council chambers relocated to a ground floor room.
The council put an expression of interest in yesterday for a $10 million grant under round four of Regional Development Australia funding.
Council will be notified in February 2013 if its application has progressed to the next round, and the successful projects will be announced in July.
Deniliquin Mayor Lindsay Renwick said the project would see the town hall and council offices joined together by a two-storey addition.
The two buildings are currently adjacent one another, with vacant land in between.
The addition would include a ground-floor council chamber, which would rectify the current lack of disabled access to council meetings.
It would also have additional council offices and staff facilities, plus rehearsal rooms, music rooms and offices for the hall.
The hall itself would receive a ‘half-fly’ stage, roof repairs and other renovations. The council office entrance would remain on Civic Plaza, while the hall entrance would remain on the other side, on Cressy St.
‘‘[The extension will] blend in with the existing chamber building,’’ Cr Renwick said.
The mayor said the renovated hall could provide a home for South West Music, the Deniliquin Dramatic Club and other groups.
He said there will be ‘‘a lot of public consultation with the people that are wanting the facility’’.
He believes a renovated hall could attract more theatre acts to Deniliquin.
‘‘We don’t have anywhere where the performing arts can really come,’’ he said.
Council director technical services Mark Dalzell said the works will also see the hall permanently stabilised. Temporary stabilisation works were carried out a year ago after a structural crack in the hall worsened.
Deniliquin has already enjoyed success with RDA funding this year.
Deniliquin Play on the Plains Festival received $500,000 to help fund their site upgrades. Those upgrades made the inaugural Deni Blues & Roots Festival possible for 2013.
Deniliquin Council applied for funding for Deniliquin Airport in the same round, but was unsuccessful. Cr Renwick said they did not apply for airport money this time, as the grants were only for cultural purposes.
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