Neerim Junc­tion cel­e­brates its hall

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - FARM SCENE -

More than 100 peo­ple gath­ered at Neerim Junc­tion re­cently to cel­e­brate the 40th an­niver­sary of the re­build­ing of the hall.

The hall burnt down in 1972 and after six years of fundrais­ing in the com­mu­nity, was fi­nally re­built in 1978.

Buses for the gourmet deli trail, fu­ner­als, wed­dings, com­mu­nity mar­kets and bar­be­cues were some of many events held in the 1970s to fundraise for a new hall. Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity got it go­ing, sign­ing on as guar­an­tors for a loan to see the new hall built in 1978.

Many lo­cals who have made use of the hall over the years at­tended the event to pack the hall, its foyer and car park with some trav­el­ling from as afar as in­ter­state.

With the hall formerly a Me­chan­ics In­sti­tute, a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque was un­veiled. The Me­chan­ics In­sti­tute of Vic­to­ria is in the process of com­pil­ing a record of its halls, with Neerim Junc­tion hall al­lo­cated hall num­ber 63.

The hall com­mit­tee also used the event to award cer­tifi­cates of ap­pre­ci­a­tion to those who have vol­un­teered for sev­eral years. Beth Fawcett and May Lock­ett formed part of the cater­ing team for many years, while Les Chris­tian had pro­vided his land at Nayook for the Blue Light Po­lice Ride, which was a ma­jor fundraiser for the hall for about 30 years.

At­ten­dees also paused to ob­serve Re­mem­brance Day, with Baw Baw Shire mayor Mikaela Power and Shirley Gor­man lay­ing a wreath at the flag­pole.

To­day the hall is still well-utilised with Thai Chi and craft groups among many in the com­mu­nity putting the hall to use.

The hall com­mit­tee also co­or­di­nate trans­port for the Gar­di­valia Fes­ti­val of Gar­dens, and hope the Func­tion at the Junc­tion event may soon make a re­turn.

Joan Glee­son of Neerim South, Liz Rech­steiner of War­ragul, Kath Fusi­nato of Neerim South and Gra­ham Brans­grove of Pay­nesville re­flect on fond mem­o­ries of the Neerim Junc­tion hall.

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