EDITOR’S NOTE: Suzie Mylecharane has informed us today (
August 7) that, ‘due to certain council requirements’, the hall’s reopening has been postponed to a date to be advised.
Mullumbimby’s Civic Memorial Hall will be reopened on Saturday, August 30.
Initially built as a memorial to commemorate the soldiers who fought in the World War I, the Mullumbimby Civic Memorial Hall opened its doors in 1929 and symbolised the strong and independent community spirit of the people who planned and built the town.
Funds for the original building came from a combination of money raised by public subscription and money donated by the local council.
The hall was closed in late 2003 due to the floorboards and front awning needing extensive maintenance.
Suzie Mylecharane from Ku Promotions approached Byron Shire Council in 2004 to put energy into renovating the building and bring back to life the wonderful community asset.
After many years of meetings between the hall working group and the council, co-chaired by Cr Peter Westheimer and Ray Kestle, the venue is now ready to be unveiled.
The $1 million-plus funding for the project came from Byron Shire Council, DOTARS and Arts NSW ( formerly NSW Ministry for the Arts).
Paul Jones was employed as the architect to help to bring the building back to life.
The inter-war symmetrical style and simple façade with stepped brick gable and deep-set portico at the front with simple marble columns have all been retained in the new design, along with some new modern elements to compliment these features.
Now complete, thie venue will be a focal point for the Mullumbimby Community, bringing revitalised life and spirit through entertainment and community activities into the town.
Saturday 30th will be a full day, starting with the viewing of the venue in the morning, a program of youth entertainment in the afternoon and music, comedy, theatre and dance vignettes throughout the evening.
The evening performances will be directed by Richard Vineycomb, director of ACE.
The final stage has taken on new committee members including Julie Brooks, chairperson, who moved to Mullum in 2007 and is a theatre and event producer who has worked on four major opening and closing ceremonies in the last 10 years, the first being Sydney Olympics Opening and Closing ceremonies in 2000.
Brooke Newberry, who settled in Mullum with her family last year, is doing the venue bookings and can be contacted on 66 846 325. She comes from a business development background, encompassing event management, marketing and communications.