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1 April, 2021

Memorial hall on the chopping block

In the continuing pursuit to rid itself of unused assets the Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) has started discussions about what to do with the Yungaburra Memorial Hall.

By Phil Brandel

The Yungaburra memorial Hall which has been used once in the past 12 months

In the continuing pursuit to rid itself of unused assets the Tablelands Regional Council (TRC) has started discussions about what to do with the Yungaburra Memorial Hall.

According to council documents “The TRC is undertaking a review of its facilities asset portfolio to ensure provision of fit for purpose services to the community and improve facility utilisation. Through this review TRC officers have identified that the Yungaburra Memorial Hall is underutilised, potentially not fit for purpose, and could be disposed of with possibly limited to no impact on the community.”

Currently, there are two public halls available to hire in Yungaburra, with the Yungaburra Community Hall on Cedar Street and the Yungaburra Memorial Hall on Barrine Road. The halls are located approximately 600 metres from each other and according to council “The Community Hall is better utilised, having larger capacity and greater functionality (i.e. equipped with a kitchen, bar, stage and an open area for events). The Memorial Hall only has a kitchenette and much less capacity.”

The Memorial Hall has only been hired once in the past 12 months while council has paid approximately $16,000 annually for its upkeep and insurance.

Last Thursday Council voted to start community consultation in relation to the disposal of the Yungaburra Memorial hall and if no significant objections were raised, council would then seek tenders for the removal or the demolition of the hall.

Council officers said their objective was to remove the Memorial hall from the site rather than demolishing it, but if the tender were unsuccessful council officers would recommend demolition of the hall.

A council spokesperson said community consultation will begin soon.


 

 


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