Town hall will open its doors in July

Gerringong Historical Society's Margaret Sharpe and South Precinct chairman Darrell Clingan in the town hall, which is undergoing a significant upgrade. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Gerringong Historical Society's Margaret Sharpe and South Precinct chairman Darrell Clingan in the town hall, which is undergoing a significant upgrade. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

THE Gerringong Town Hall, currently undergoing a $250,000 upgrade, is expected to reopen next month.

Bryan Whittaker, Kiama Council's director of engineering and works, said it was a significant building that required the facelift.

Most of the funds have been spent on replacing the building's roof, which has forced the temporary closure of the venue.

A new public address system and a new digital projector - which will help Gerringong Pics and Flicks continue its 14-year association with the hall - are also being installed.

"While the hall is closed we decided to take the opportunity to upgrade a few things and perform some maintenance," Mr Whittaker said.

"Some of the old floor boards will be replaced, the floor sanded back and polished, [and] new light fittings put in place along with some new stage curtains."

The hall is expected to reopen on July 18.

At its April meeting, as part of its draft 2014-15 budget, the council resolved to defer the Bourke Parade footpath and not to proceed with the airconditioning of the town hall.

Instead, they recommended putting the funds towards items, including Pics and Flicks' request for a digital projector (about $18,000, less a contribution from the Pics and Flicks Committee), and an AV system for the town hall (about $11,000).

A total of $85,000 had been allocated in the 2013-14 budget for ducted airconditioning at the town hall.

But the council recommended not installing the airconditioning and was asked to consider the re-allocation of a portion of the funding to install audio visual equipment.

This was because correspondence received stated that the repair to the northern windows had improved natural ventilation enough so that funds could be allocated to other areas in the town hall.

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