Kyabram Town Hall is to be assessed for possible future uses.January 9, 2013 12:00pm
Kyabram's Old Town Hall was closed to the public four years ago when the library was relocated to Lake Rd.
Campaspe Shire Council has appointed a Melbourne consulting company to assess what needs to be done to renovate Kyabram’s iconic Old Town Hall and offer suggestions for its future use.
Simon Leisure Community, which provides consulting services within the sport, recreation and leisure industry, will visit Kyabram later this month to start work.
The front half of the hall, which has been closed to the public for almost four years since the library was shifted to Lake Rd, is in mothballs and is being used for storage.
The rear section of the hall, which has undergone renovation, has been used for public functions, including Kyabram Garden Club’s now annual garden show.
The Save the Town Hall group was formed last year at the invitation of council to advocate for the restoration of the building in Allan St.
The group is made up of former members of the now disbanded Town Hall Management Group.
Mary Bowman, Joy Salter and Catherine Bleasdale are on the new group with Campaspe Shire Service Review manager Keith Oberin also attending meetings.
They are seeking community input into possible uses of the building if it was restored.
Mrs Bleasdale said the council had the opportunity through DPCD (Bendigo) and the Regional Growth Fund to put together a submission for funds to renovate the building.
‘‘Since the shire moved the library to the shire office building in Lake Rd, only the back area, renovated before the library was moved, has had sporadic use by the public,’’ Mrs Bleasdale said.
‘‘The rest of the building has become a storage area for the shire.
‘‘Do we really think that is the best use of our iconic town hall?’’
Council is asking people interested in the use of the hall to connect with the group and offer their view on how the building space could be utilised for Kyabram’s benefit.
Mrs Bleasdale is asking readers to email their suggestions to her at Sirra3@bigpond.com on how they view the future of Kyabram’s Old Town Hall.
Mrs Bleasdale will contribute a brief history of the town hall, starting next week, to remind readers of its connection not only with Kyabram, but with the State of Victoria through its part in the Reform Movement.
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