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Published Friday 31 January 2020
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The Shack is back

Rebuilding of the Upper Plenty Hall, or as it is commonly known “The Shack”, will start soon, with the iconic building to be returned to its former glory, with a modern twist.

The hall burned down in 2015, with the new building to take pride of place on the original site and designs paying tribute to its 102-year history.

In 2018, the State Government appointed Council to manage the land for community use.

Mitchell Shire Council, the Shack Committee, community, insurers and builders have been working towards final designs to ensure a facility that will provide a range of activities as well as a venue for the performing arts.

The end result will be a hall with a similar look on the outside, with new and improved features on the inside including:

  • a new stage which is capable of hosting a range of performances,
  • an upgraded kitchen to support community events,
  • improved storage for the hall,
  • and new indoor toilets for improved access and comfort.

Once the building is complete, Council will appoint The Shack Committee to oversee the day to day operations of the facility.

Council will contribute $116,000 toward The Shack’s rebuild.

“The Shack was a much-loved facility which will now be restored and returned to our community by July. It has been a long and complex journey to arrive at this point and The Upper Plenty community has been instrumental in this process. I would like to commend them for all their hard work. We can’t wait to open the doors,” he said. “The contracts are signed, and we are ready to go.”
Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor David Lowe

Quotes attributable to Upper Plenty Community Group president Paul Brinsden

“The community response to the planning phase has been fantastic. Once built we cannot wait to throw a party to thank all those who have played a role in The Shack coming back bigger and better. We wanted to keep the appearance of the building the same, but inside we have a great facility to support an array of community and performance needs,” he said.

“We would like to thank Council for their assistance in managing the project and assisting us to improve The Shack.”

This page was last updated on 21 May 2020.