Mossman Hall gets a makeover

Wednesday 7 March 2012

Mossman Hall gets a makeover

As its 75th birthday approaches, the historic Mossman Shire Hall will receive a well-earned makeover from next week.

The Hall, which was officially opened with a ball in June 1937, has become an icon of the town and was placed on the Queensland Heritage Register in 2010.

This week, barricades will be placed around the back of the hall to signal the start of a refurbishment, which will include new roofing, repairs to damaged external walls and a fresh coat of paint.

Further works starting next month will improve the pathway along Mill Street, reducing rainwater build-up at the front of the hall and adjoining shopfronts.

Mayor Val Schier said Council saw great value in preserving the historic value of the region’s buildings.

“In the past couple of years, Council commissioned a Conservation Management Plan for the Hall,” Cr Schier said.

“This plan forms the basis for all upgrades and maintenance for the hall, ensuring the historic values are retained.

“Council has worked closely with DERM (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) in selecting the right materials to complement the existing architectural character and integrity, as State approval is required on any works involving a Heritage-listed building.”

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Division 10 Councillor Julia Leu said she hoped the refurbishment would breathe new life into a building that had been a popular meeting place for locals for many decades.

“The Mossman Shire Hall is still an integral part of community life,” she said.

“It’s part of our town’s history, but I hope it will also be a part of its future and this work will be a big step toward preserving it for generations to come.

“It will be great to see the hall looking its best in time for its 75th birthday.”