Show can’t go on for Playlovers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

in­spec­tion of the struc­ture found it to be un­safe.

The theatre group was able to find al­ter­na­tive lo­ca­tions for two pro­duc­tions that were be­ing re­hearsed but its be­long­ings, in­clud­ing cos­tumes, props, sets and lights, are still in Hack­ett Hall.

City of Ned­lands chief ex­ec­u­tive Greg Trevaskis said it could not al­low peo­ple to freely ac­cess the build­ing for safety rea­sons.

Group mem­ber Janelle Ham­mond said be­ing locked out was frus­trat­ing.

“We can’t get in; they’ve locked us out,” she said.

“We were al­lowed to get some stuff out but we need the coun­cil to come out ev­ery time to let us in. We need our prop­erty, they can­not keep it.”

Mr Trevaskis said the City was work­ing with Playlovers to fa­cil­i­tate ac­cess to the hall to re­trieve their be­long­ings.

“The City will con­tinue to al­low Playlovers re­stricted ac­cess at their own risk for re­moval of ur­gently needed prop­erty,” he said.

“Ac­cess is to be kept to a min­i­mum. Ac­cess by the general com­mu­nity, con­trac­tors or any other unau­tho­rised per­sons is not per­mit­ted. All ac­cess must be ap­proved and over­seen by the City.”

He said the roof, wall fram­ing and stormwa­ter sys­tem were di­lap­i­dated and could cause “cat­a­strophic” dam­age if it col­lapsed on some­one.

A de­ci­sion had not yet been made on the fu­ture of the hall.

Clock­wise from top left: Tif­fany Gos­sage, Lulu Evans, Mil­lie McKen­zie, Dendy Shep­hard and Nina Shep­hard.

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