Hall’s fu­ture in doubt

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - Ge­orge Smith

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.

Photo: Ge­orge Smith

HOPE FOR THE HALL: Joe and Lyle Avis are rais­ing funds for the fu­ture of Mulgildie Hall.

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