LIFELINE FOR MAHOGANY CREEK HALL:
THE Mahogany Creek community has been given a lifeline after Mundaring Shire councillors voted to allow residents to put their case forward to stop their local hall from the wrecking ball.
The Shire of Mundaring had originally slated the demolition of the hall as part of its proposal to minimise rate increases by reducing and ceasing some services.
At the Shire’s special council meeting on Wednesday, July 19, councillors voted 11-1 that no action on the proposed demolition of the hall would be taken before January 24, 2018.
Shire President David Lavell said the community now had the opportunity to present a business case to the Shire by December 22.
“The business case will have to demonstrate how the community will take on full responsibility for the hall, including responsibility for managing and maintaining the hall and all the costs associated with the operation, maintenance and capital upgrades of the hall,” he said.
The community built and opened the hall in 1955 and ran it until the Shire took over ownership in the 1980s.
“In 2017, we are trying to save this hall from demolition, and we have been granted a six month reprieve. In order to achieve this we need to form a local community group who will take over the lease from the Shire,” Mahogany Creek Hall Community Group spokeswoman Kara Powell said
Mahogany Creek father-of-two Jack Satchell said the hall was an important hub in the community.
“Without a hall, playground or tennis courts you wouldn’t know your neighbours as well as we do now,” Mr Satchell said.
“The area is well used by the community, including older residents who regularly play tennis.
“It is the hub of our suburb and to lose it would mean people needing to drive to Mundaring or Glen Forrest to access similar facilities.”
Mr Satchell said there was a greater need than ever for a hub, with the demographic of the area changing.
“Our suburb has always been written off as an ageing population but we now have a lot of young families moving in,” he said.
“We have had a good representation from older residents who want to save the hall, now we need to get out there and make the younger generation aware of the proposal and get their support.”
Business cases are to be presented to the Shire by close of business on December 22 in order for a report to be considered by council at its ordinary council meeting on January 23, 2018.
If no business cases are submitted, the demolition of the hall will start as soon as practicable after January 23, 2018.
Jack Satchell and other local residents are fighting to save their hall.