His­toric town hall suf­fers quake cracks

Great Southern Herald - - News - Saskia Adysti

Ko­jonup’s 92-year-old town hall has been dam­aged by re­cent earth­quakes.

Shire of Ko­jonup devel­op­ment ser­vices co-or­di­na­tor Michelle Den­nis said the town hall had some on­go­ing struc­tural is­sues be­fore the earth­quake; how­ever, cracks in the build­ing only started to ap­pear af­ter the re­cent tremors.

“Be­cause of the age of the hall and the ground con­di­tions we have had some struc­tural is­sues with the build­ing,” she said.

“We’ve been wait­ing on a re­port from an en­gi­neer about what to do to fix it.”

The Shire of Ko­jonup has closed off the foot­path and park­ing ar­eas near the town hall for the safety of pedes­tri­ans and pa­trons.

Some sec­tions of the hall have also been closed as a pre­cau­tion.

More than 700 small earth­quakes mea­sur­ing be­tween mag­ni­tude 0.1 and 5.7 have been de­tected around Lake Muir this year.

Ms Den­nis said the Shire was wait­ing for a re­port from a struc­tural en­gi­neer be­fore plan­ning any work at the town hall.

Ko­jonup Town Hall has been dam­aged by re­cent earth­quakes.

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