Hall up­date

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De­signs for the new Tal­la­rook Me­chan­ics In­sti­tute hall will soon be fi­nalised, with a com­mu­nity work­shop with the builder and ar­chi­tect on Jan­uary 12.

A com­mu­nity up­date meet­ing will also be held on Satur­day at 11 am at the Tal­la­rook Ho­tel to pro­vide some in­for­ma­tion about the next steps, ahead of Jan­uary’s work­shop.

Owned by Mitchell Shire Coun­cil and op­er­ated by a com­mit­tee of man­age­ment, the his­toric hall burned down in May. A com­mu­nity-led re­build­ing com­mit­tee has been work­ing with coun­cil and the com­mit­tee of man­age­ment on the re­build­ing plans.

The hall will be re­built through Coun­cil’s in­sur­ance com­pany which has en­gaged Bay Builders and Im­parta En­gi­neers for the pro­ject.

Dis­cus­sions are un­der way to in­cor­po­rate some mod­i­fi­ca­tions fol­low­ing com­mu­nity in­put ear­lier this year in­clud­ing:

ca­pac­ity for a larger kitchen area;

some mod­i­fi­ca­tions to en­able more flex­i­bil­ity for dif­fer­ent uses such as a por­ta­ble stage;

an area for change rooms for the­atre pro­duc­tions; and

the in­tro­duc­tion of bi­fold doors to im­prove ac­cess to the out­door area.

In ad­di­tion to this work, the re­build­ing com­mit­tee has also worked with coun­cil to ap­point Zen Ar­chi­tects to de­velop plans

Com­ing up: A work­shop to fi­nalise plans to re­build Tal­la­rook Me­chan­ics In­sti­tute hall will be held in Jan­uary, while a com­mu­nity up­date meet­ing is on this Satur­day.

and de­sign prin­ci­ples. The ar­chi­tect is funded through part of the $200 000 Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment grant to as­sist with the re­build­ing.

The ar­chi­tect’s draw­ings will then form the ba­sis of de­tailed de­sign plans for the builders.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Bill Chisholm said the com­mit­tee had been work­ing tire­lessly be­hind the scenes to work through the dif­fer­ent op­tions avail­able.

‘‘The re­build­ing com­mit­tee has brought to­gether a num­ber of dif­fer­ent views and tech­ni­cal guid­ance to help get to this point,’’ Mr Chisholm said.

‘‘They’ve looked over the re­sults of the com­mu­nity sur­vey from ear­lier this year, they’ve met with the builder and the in­surer and they’ve brought their own tech­ni­cal skills to the ta­ble.

‘‘The ar­chi­tect will now bring all of that to­gether to cre­ate a vi­sion for the new hall which the builders and en­gi­neers will work to.’’

Mr Chisholm thanked the com­mu­nity for their pa­tience and en­cour­aged them to sign up for up­dates.

‘‘We un­der­stand not ev­ery­one will be around for the ar­chi­tect and builder work­shop, but we didn’t want to de­lay things any fur­ther,’’ he said.

‘‘Com­mu­nity mem­bers who can’t make the work­shop will still be able to view the plans and share their thoughts on­line or in writ­ing, but we’ll have a pretty tight turn­around to make sure we can get on with re­build­ing sooner rather than later.’’

The work­shop with the ar­chi­tect and builder will be held at 11 am on Jan­uary 12 at the Tal­la­rook Ho­tel.

To sign up for up­dates, visit the web­site www.en­gag­ing­mitchell shire.com/tal­la­rookTMI

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