Hall’s future in doubt
MULGIDIE could lose its community hall if funds are not raised to cover public liability insurance.
So its committee members have been selling raffle tickets in a bid to save their facility.
Mulgildie School of Arts Committee president Joe Avis has been selling raffle tickets in Monto’s main street every week.
He said the hall, built in 1937, was like many in rural Australia, in desperate need of attention.
He had a blunt message about the building’s future.
“It might close down if funds are not found to pay the public liability insurance,” Mr Avis said.
“The building needs public liability insurance for any use to take place and last year the bill for that insurance came to just over $1400.
“If we can’t pay it then we can’t let people use it.”
He said work also needed to be done to the building’s ceiling.
“The building needs maintenance so we are looking for grants from anywhere,” he said.
“Originally the building housed a library and was also a picture theatre and held dances nearly every week.
“It was used for just about any social occasion.
“Now it gets very little use apart from some public meetings and the Art Council is the only means of income.
“We want to keep it open because we see it as an asset to the town.”
So far around $500 has been raised since August.
HOPE FOR THE HALL: Joe and Lyle Avis are raising funds for the future of Mulgildie Hall.