End of an
By KATE RYAN - Bay Post Oct 2nd 2013
IT will be
the end of an era when Tuross Head residents next week bid farewell
to a building which played a significant role in the community
The old Tuross
Head Progress Association Hall will be demolished, probably next
extensive community consultation about the future of the hall,
which would require extensive renovations to meet current standards,
including accessibility improvements, and disabled parking.
councillor Danielle Brice, who is the current chairwoman of the
Tuross Progress Hall Sunset Committee, said that after extensive
community consultation and looking at all options, it was decided
to sell the land and to invest the proceeds into much needed projects
within Tuross Head.
Shire Council agreed that all of the proceeds, after costs, would
be used for projects in the Tuross area and that these projects
would be determined in consultation with the Tuross community,”
Of the future
sale of the land, $200,000 is already allocated to the refurbishment
of Kyla Hall, and the Sunset Committee will consult with the community
about which local projects should be funded from the net proceeds.
will start later this year and will include a letter to all residents
and landowners in the Tuross Head and Turlinjah townships.
Kyla Hall reopened in November last year with a new flexible layout
developed by the Sunset Committee to provide a variety of new
spaces for community use.
In total, $375,000
was spent on the improvements which included a new kitchen, meeting
rooms, disability access and a refurbished hall, making the venue
suitable for a wide range of purposes, from exercise classes and
meetings to more formal private and business functions.
member Maureen Baker has owned a home in Tuross Head for more
than 40 years, and is sad to see the valuable piece of the township’s
She said she
did, however, look forward to new beginnings in the new hall.
we realise that the hall needs to go, it is very sad to see it
go,” Mrs Baker said.
been going to the hall since I’ve had a home in Tuross for
Progress Association meetings, Garden Club meetings and various
was home, like an old pair of shoes - it was comfortable.”
Mrs Baker said
she was pleased the money from the sale would be reinvested back
into the Tuross community and that it was very important for the
all Tuross residents will be sad that it’s happening,”
the hall has limited parking and it would be very costly to refurbish
the existing building.
that everyone supports the new hall and a new beginning.”
Cr Brice says
to preserve the history of the old Tuross Head Progress Hall and
its significance to the community, Eurobodalla Shire Council is
developing an archive of photos and information for residents.
will also be interpretive signage about the hall placed near the
park at Sandy Point, off Trafalgar Road,” she said.