Bellingen Memorial Hall

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The Bellingen Memorial Hall is as iconic today as the day it was opened in 1929.

The Bellingen Memorial Hall is as iconic today as the day it was opened in 1929. This much loved facility has seen and been many things over its nearly 100 years and still used for concerts, film festivals, recitals, dances, music events and more. All of its history has resulted in wear and tear and now needs some extra TLC.

Council has been working closely with the Hall Committee over many years and, while repairs and maintenance has seen some improvements, it is now time to realise what is next for this iconic space. Council has been working with the Committee and made a number of applications to help fund refurbishments and redevelopment of the Hall. Most recently, Council has made 4 applications for funding of which 3 have been successful. The successful applications include:

  • The Heritage Activation Grant - $92,243 - This will see the upstairs section repaired and refurbished
  • The Stronger Country Communities Fund - $335,151 - This will see structural works and some refurbishment completed (internal & external painting, amenities upgrades) while maintaining the heritage aspects that make the Hall so special.
  • Regional Cultural Fund - This $4.045M project will see additional refurbishment as well as a new development expanding the existing facilities to support current and future events and activities along with Stage 1 of the proposed new car park. Council applied to the Regional Cultural Fund for $3.3M to support the proposal.

Council will also be contributing $500,000 in cash and an additional $150,000 in internal resources.

Council has been engaging with approximately 20 existing user groups of the Hall to ensure that their needs are considered as part of the new proposal. Council will continue its engagement with key user groups and the community as the successful projects progress from concept design to full redevelopment.

The Bellingen Memorial Hall is as iconic today as the day it was opened in 1929. This much loved facility has seen and been many things over its nearly 100 years and still used for concerts, film festivals, recitals, dances, music events and more. All of its history has resulted in wear and tear and now needs some extra TLC.

Council has been working closely with the Hall Committee over many years and, while repairs and maintenance has seen some improvements, it is now time to realise what is next for this iconic space. Council has been working with the Committee and made a number of applications to help fund refurbishments and redevelopment of the Hall. Most recently, Council has made 4 applications for funding of which 3 have been successful. The successful applications include:

  • The Heritage Activation Grant - $92,243 - This will see the upstairs section repaired and refurbished
  • The Stronger Country Communities Fund - $335,151 - This will see structural works and some refurbishment completed (internal & external painting, amenities upgrades) while maintaining the heritage aspects that make the Hall so special.
  • Regional Cultural Fund - This $4.045M project will see additional refurbishment as well as a new development expanding the existing facilities to support current and future events and activities along with Stage 1 of the proposed new car park. Council applied to the Regional Cultural Fund for $3.3M to support the proposal.

Council will also be contributing $500,000 in cash and an additional $150,000 in internal resources.

Council has been engaging with approximately 20 existing user groups of the Hall to ensure that their needs are considered as part of the new proposal. Council will continue its engagement with key user groups and the community as the successful projects progress from concept design to full redevelopment.

  • Major funding boost for Bellingen Memorial Hall

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    12 months ago

    The Bellingen Memorial Hall, the primary arts and cultural facility of the Bellingen Shire, is set for an impressive $4.054m redevelopment – citing increased inclusion, access and broader usage of this facility as the driving motivators. Drawing on the contributions of 46 locals who have represented the hall’s many user-groups, schools, event organisations and more, the Bellingen Shire Council has successfully been awarded The Regional Cultural Fund grant of $3.303m, in addition to previously secured funding.

    The Bellingen Memorial Hall Management Committee met with local user groups, architects, designers and the Bellingen Shire Council to finalise the preliminary designs...

    The Bellingen Memorial Hall, the primary arts and cultural facility of the Bellingen Shire, is set for an impressive $4.054m redevelopment – citing increased inclusion, access and broader usage of this facility as the driving motivators. Drawing on the contributions of 46 locals who have represented the hall’s many user-groups, schools, event organisations and more, the Bellingen Shire Council has successfully been awarded The Regional Cultural Fund grant of $3.303m, in addition to previously secured funding.

    The Bellingen Memorial Hall Management Committee met with local user groups, architects, designers and the Bellingen Shire Council to finalise the preliminary designs that represented the future direction of the centre.

    The resulting redevelopment will be broken down into various stages commencing in 2019. The first of which will include alterations to the existing hall to improve accessibility, bathroom facilities, painting and much needed structural updates, with special consideration given to the retention of its heritage design. The second stage will include an exciting new expanded two-story wing, to be built to the rear of the existing hall. It will include an intimate performance/cinema space with up to 40 retractable seats, a green room, kitchen, accessible bathrooms and an outdoor deck overlooking Bellingen Park, additional storage plus improved & expanded car parking facilities. An internal lift will link the floors. This will allow for multiple simultaneous usage.

    Dean Besley of Bello Youth Hub has been a key driver of this community enterprise in conjunction with the Hall Committee. He said “This is indisputably a community project, with 46 local individuals involved in the preparations and application to bring it to this point.” Dean continued, “When this grant application opportunity came up, we were all excited about the idea of, not just fixing it up but rather transforming our hall into a cultural centre for Bello, the hub of creativity and arts. This was our overarching dream”.

    The Member for Oxley , the Hon Melinda Pavey M.P. made the announcement to an expectant media at the Bellingen Memorial Hall on Tuesday 11th December, saying, “The creative scope of these architectural works is visionary. The heritage status of the building represents an enormous investment, not just into the hall, but for all the locals and tourists who have been part of this fantastic cultural place”.

    The next stage will include a detailed consideration and consultative process with all users and the Bellingen Shire community as a whole. Bellingen Shire Mayor, Cr Dominic King explained that when the Memorial Hall was built almost 100 years ago it represented the very fabric of the community. “It was the ‘glue’ that held the town together. Our hope is that with this restoration and redevelopment, the Bellingen Memorial Hall will once again serve as a focal point of our town.”