Deniliquin Council has decided to demolish part of the Town Hall and replace its roof as part of stage one of the building's refurbishment.TYLA HARRINGTON July 29, 2014 3:33am
Deniliquin Council plans to put out a tender for the demolition of part of the Town Hall and the replacement of its roof.
Councillors made the decision to take ‘‘immediate action’’ at last Wednesday’s meeting, after allocating $500,000 in the 2014/15 operational plan to start the refurbishment of the Town Hall, subject to $160,000 of revenue from grants.
Stage one of the Town Hall refurbishment is expected to be completed during 2014/15. It includes the demolition of the amenities area, the hallway and rooms along the western wing of the building, and replacement of the existing slate and corrugated iron roof (850 square metres) with a galvanised roof cladding.
Council director technical services Mark Dalzell, in his report to councillors on Wednesday, said both areas were in ‘‘poor condition and do not meet the requirements for a place of public entertainment’’.
The demolition is expected to include the removal of the concrete stairs at the front of the building.
Mr Dalzell said the existing brick room known as Palm Court would also be demolished.
‘‘Councillors agreed that Palm Court should be demolished to give the most flexibility in the refurbishment of the building into the future,’’ he said.
The roof replacement is expected to start after the demolition.
The development approval for its replacement was issued in August 2010 and is valid until August 2015.
According to Mr Dalzell, one of the main conditions of the approval was for council to ensure the roof cladding material chosen maintains the heritage value.
Mayor Lindsay Renwick said the galvanised material was likely to be costly, before councillors questioned whether another material could be used.
Councillor Pat Fogarty said while there was the issue of maintaining the heritage value, there was also the argument of utilising the ratepayers’ money in the best way possible.
Until works are completed, the Town Hall will remain closed to the public.
The hall has been virtually dormant since council was forced to close the facility because of structural concerns in February 2011.
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