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Published Friday 18 January 2019
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Rebuild design presented to community

The rebuild of the historic Tallarook Mechanics Institute Hall is one step closer, with a design for the new building close to being finalised eight months after it was gutted by fire.

A community workshop with the builder and architect was held on Saturday 12 January, where plans were presented to residents for feedback and input.

The hall is owned by Mitchell Shire Council and operated by a Committee of Management. The hall will be rebuilt through Council’s insurance company who has engaged Bay Builders and Imparta Engineers for the project. Part of a $200,000 Victorian Government grant has been used to engage Zen Architects to develop plans and design principles for the hall.

The hall will retain its original facade, while the rest of the building will feature a more contemporary look and feel following community input last year.

A spacious foyer area including a meeting room will greet hall users, leading in to the hall which features a main stage as well as a portable stage, toilets and storage area, and an adjoining kitchen which will include bi-fold doors for outdoor access.

“The new design plan pays tribute to the history of the hall, while incorporating a more flexible and accessible building for all community members."
Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm

Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm thanked the community for their ideas and feedback, which will help shape the final design for the hall.

“Community members have been very proactive in providing ideas on what should be incorporated in the final design, and there has been plenty of good discussion on how the hall could be used in to the future,” he said.

“The new design plan pays tribute to the history of the hall, while incorporating a more flexible and accessible building for all community members.

“The architect will now bring all of the design ideas together to create a final vision for the new hall, which the builders and engineers will work to.

“I’d also like to thank the insurers and builders for their ongoing cooperation and willingness to work closely with our community through the rebuild. They have recognised and embraced the positive community spirit and been very flexible in their approach.”

The final meeting for community input will be held in Tallarook on Tuesday 5 February at 6pm, after which designs for the new hall will be finalised. All welcome.