Town hall to be restored

Member for Moore Shane Love recently presented Shire president Alex Douglas with a framed certificate from Lotterywest confirming its financial support.
Member for Moore Shane Love recently presented Shire president Alex Douglas with a framed certificate from Lotterywest confirming its financial support.

The Community Spaces Grant to the Shire of Chittering will enable council to start and finish the $648,000 project this financial year.

The restoration includes the addition of disability access and toilet facilities as well as drainage improvement, replacement of windows, doors and external panels along with both internal and external painting.

Constructed in 1939 with additions in 1957, Bindoon Town Hall is one of the town’s most prominent landmarks.

Bindoon Historical Society president Don Gibson said he fully supported the renovations.

‘The Shire has already put in a new roof and ceiling and done work on the hall,’ he said.

‘There’s a lot of sentimental value and it’s the only historical building in the townsite.’

He recalled that there used to be a dance held at the hall regularly during the 1990s.

‘People are welcome to come to the Brockman Centre (which houses the museum) to see old documents and photos of the hall,’ he said.

Shire of Chittering past president (2003-2007) Jan Stagbouer said the hall had served its purpose and should be rebuilt.

‘The hall came into town on the back of a truck, it was a relocated building at the time,’ she said.

‘The community needs a building that will provide meeting facilities for groups.

‘I believe the money would be better spent on a new building that is more suited to the needs of the community.’

To keep up-to-date with project updates, visit chittering.wa.gov.-au and click on DISCOVER.