Windfall for historic hall

Shire chief executive Gary Tuffin with Shire President Robert Hawes inside the Art Deco-style building. www.communitypix.com.au d418779
Shire chief executive Gary Tuffin with Shire President Robert Hawes inside the Art Deco-style building. www.communitypix.com.au d418779

Shire of Chittering selected a tender for the project this week and work on the 14-week job will start in a fortnight.

A Lotterywest grant of nearly $500,000 will cover most of the costs of an extensive scope of works.

Existing issues with panels, windows, disabled access, toilets and aesthetics will all be repaired.

The Shire has flagged the possibility of including a gymnasium in the works.

Shire chief executive Gary Tuffin said by the time it was finished, Bindoon Hall would be a brand new building.

‘It’s just about the only historic building we have in the town, so it needs the restoration,’ he said.

‘The hall is highly used with bookings every night of the week from Zumba classes, martial arts and singing groups to the Country Women’s Association.’

Community groups using the hall pay a nominal fee to the Bindoon Theatre Company.

Mr Tuffin said community groups would need to spread themselves between council chambers and Chinkabee Hall during the restoration project.