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Published Friday 9 April 2021
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Community celebrates because The Shack is back

The Upper Plenty Mechanics Institute Hall, or “The Shack” as it’s locally known, is back after it was officially reopened on Wednesday 7 April.

Members of the community, the Upper Plenty Mechanics Institute Hall Committee of Management, local MPs, contractors and Council representatives came together to celebrate the return of the iconic hall.

The hall burned down in 2015 not long after being refurbished. The new building takes pride of place on the original site, keeping true to the old design while displaying a balance between modern features and its past history.

Mitchell Shire Council, The Shack Committee of Management, community, insurers and builders worked in partnership to create a facility which can provide a range of activities as well as a venue for the performing arts.

The interior boasts the following improved features:

  • a new stage capable of hosting a variety of performances
  • an upgraded kitchen to support community events
  • improved storage
  • new indoor toilets for improved access and comfort
  • new rooftop solar system
  • a separate landscape improvement project was also completed to brighten up the area – including park furniture, bollards, car parking and line marking, drainage, garden beds and landscaping works

The cost of the rebuild has largely come from The Shack’s insurance and Council contributed $147,000 to the project for amenity upgrades and site landscaping.

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Rhonda Sanderson

“To stand at the site of the newly built Shack is fantastic. The Shack has been an important part of the Upper Plenty community for over a century and the community played a crucial part in getting the venue back,” she said.

“I want to thank everyone involved in getting The Shack rebuilt.

“A hall such as these are the heart of our small communities. Generations of residents can now use the iconic facility, just like those before them.

“The Shack has a proud history; a strong future and it is in good hands.”

Quote from Paul Brisden President of the Upper Plenty Mechanics Institute Hall Association

“It has been a long time coming but The Shack is Back,” he said.

“The old and new styles will come together, giving us a new hall, which the community can firmly say ‘is our own’. And we are all looking forward to the day we can all meet again.”

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