Deniliquin Pastoral Times

UP­GRADES BE­GIN

- By ZOE MCMAUGH Business · Architecture · Arts · Deniliquin · Cressy · Edward River Council · New South Wales · Australia · Shepparton · Deniliquin Airport · Union Bank of Australia

Nine years af­ter struc­tural is­sues forced Deniliquin Town Hall up­grades back on the agenda, a com­plete re­fur­bish­ment of the his­toric build­ing is start­ing this week.

Re­fur­bish­ment of the equally sig­nif­i­cant Es­tates build­ing works will also start by mid to late-Oc­to­ber, and con­tinue con­cur­rently.

The more than $6 mil­lion project also in­cudes the cre­ation of a com­mu­nity park space be­tween the two his­toric build­ings, at the east­ern end of Cressy St.

Shepparton based com­pany Moretto Build­ing was of­fi­cially ap­pointed as the project con­trac­tor with the sign­ing of con­tracts on Fri­day.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Frank Moretto said Deniliquin busi­nesses Bar­netts Deniliquin and Toby McLean Paint­ing have al­ready been sub-con­tracted to as­sist.

He said up to 10 dif­fer­ent trades would be re­quired through­out the 11 month project, and said most would be sub-con­tracted from the lo­cal area.

‘‘We want to utilise as many lo­cal trades as we can,’’ Mr Moretto said.

‘‘Other than us (Moretto Build­ing) we ex­pect only one other trade will need to come in from back home (Shepparton).’’

Ed­ward River Coun­cil Mayor Norm Bren­nan said the aim is to have the project com­pleted by Septem­ber next year, but Mr Moretto said good con­di­tions could see it com­pleted ear­lier.

Work will be­gin on the $4.2 mil­lion Deniliquin Town Hall re­de­vel­op­ment first.

Cr Bren­nan said all four stages can now be de­liv­ered thanks to coun­cil con­tri­bu­tions and var­i­ous gov­ern­ment grants awarded to coun­cil grad­u­ally since 2017.

‘‘Stages one and two of the de­vel­op­ment in­clude the re­fur­bish­ment of the ex­ist­ing town hall and foyer, of­fice, ticket/cloak room and mi­nor works to the meet­ing room,’’ he said.

‘‘Stage three in­cludes sound proof­ing of the meet­ing room ar­eas, ex­ter­nal paint­ing, re­lo­ca­tion of the toi­lets and con­struc­tion of a new foyer and lobby area that pro­vides ex­ter­nal ac­cess to the side of the town hall and en­sures ac­cess for all abil­i­ties.

‘‘Stage four will ren­o­vate the change rooms and un­der stage ar­eas.’’

A $79,000 com­mer­cial kitchen was built at the Town Hall in 2010 and has never been used.

Soon af­ter its com­ple­tion, in 2011, struc­tural con­cerns forced the clo­sure of the Town Hall. While the struc­tural is­sues were re­paired, use of the fa­cil­ity has been lim­ited be­cause of the need for up­grades.

The Es­tates build­ing will be re­fur­bished to in­clude a new coun­cil cham­bers, re­cep­tion area and other meet­ing rooms.

The ex­ist­ing de­mount­able ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing will be re­lo­cated to Ed­ward River Coun­cil’s north Deniliquin de­pot, and re­placed with the pub­lic court­yard.

While work is tak­ing place, cus­tomer ser­vices oper­a­tions will be avail­able at Deniliquin Li­brary and pub­lic coun­cil meet­ings with be held at the NSW Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice con­trol cen­tre at Deniliquin Air­port.

Mr Moretto said this will be the first time his com­pany has worked in Deniliquin.

He said he ten­dered for the project for the op­por­tu­nity to work on such his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant build­ings.

‘‘I put my hand up be­cause of the age and type of the build­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘I have worked on build­ings like these be­fore, but you don’t get too many of them around any more.’’

Land for Deniliquin Town Hall was al­lo­cated in 1870, and the Ital­ian-style struc­ture com­pleted and opened in 1886.

The Es­tates build­ing, orig­i­nally built as a new Union Bank of Aus­tralia, was com­pleted in 1899.

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 ??  ?? (From left) Renita Cross­ley from Moretto Build­ing, Moretto Build­ing di­rec­tor Frank Moretto, Mayor Norm Bren­nan, Toby McLean, ERC project man­ager John Webb, Bran­don Arm­strong (back), Bran­drick Ar­chi­tects prin­ci­pal Ged Bran­drick, Corey Stevens, Glen Bar­nett, ERC man­ager en­gi­neer­ing as­sets Mark Dalzell, Rhys Thom­mers, ERC di­rec­tor of in­fras­truc­ture Oliver McNulty and ERC gen­eral man­ager Phil Stone.
(From left) Renita Cross­ley from Moretto Build­ing, Moretto Build­ing di­rec­tor Frank Moretto, Mayor Norm Bren­nan, Toby McLean, ERC project man­ager John Webb, Bran­don Arm­strong (back), Bran­drick Ar­chi­tects prin­ci­pal Ged Bran­drick, Corey Stevens, Glen Bar­nett, ERC man­ager en­gi­neer­ing as­sets Mark Dalzell, Rhys Thom­mers, ERC di­rec­tor of in­fras­truc­ture Oliver McNulty and ERC gen­eral man­ager Phil Stone.

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