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Published Monday 13 July 2020
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The Shack is back in Upper Plenty

The Upper Plenty community is preparing to open the new Upper Plenty Mechanics Institute Hall, or “The Shack” as it’s locally known.

At the June Council Meeting Mitchell Shire Council officially appointed the Upper Plenty Mechanics Institute Hall Incorporated as the Committee of Management.

The hall burned down in 2015, not long after being refurbished. The new building will take pride of place on the original site, keeping true to the old design.

Mitchell Shire Council, The Shack Committee, the State Government, community, insurers and builders have been working in partnership to create a facility that will provide a range of activities as well as a venue for the performing arts.

The interior will boast the following improved features:

  • a new stage capable of hosting a range of performances
  • an upgraded kitchen to support community events
  • improved storage for the hall
  • new indoor toilets for improved access and comfort
  • new rooftop solar system

The cost of the rebuild has largely come from The Shack’s insurance and Council contributed $116,000.

*This photo was taken in January, pre-COVID-19 restrictions.

Comments from Mayor David Lowe

"The Shack has been an important part of the Upper Plenty community for over a century and the community played a crucial part in the lengthy and complicated process to get here. It’s shown Upper Plenty to be a strong and resilient community," he said.

"I’d like to congratulate all involved on working through this complex project. I look forward to our continued partnership with the Committee of Management and seeing what exciting community events and activities will take place at The Shack.

"A hall such as this is the heart and soul of our small communities. Generations of locals have attended everything from exercise classes, meetings, community groups through to parties and weddings there, just to name a few. The Shack has a proud history, a strong future and it is in good hands for generations to come."

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

"After five eventful years, The Shack is finally a reality. With the help of the Upper Plenty Community, the Victorian Government, The Mitchell Shire Council, the Insurers and the builders, ‘The Shack’ is nearing completion," 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."

This page was last updated on 27 July 2020.