Gong town hall gets facelift

REVAMP: Kiama Council’s director of engineering and works Bryan Whittaker with Gerringong and District Historical Society publicity officer Margaret Sharpe and South Precinct chairman Darrell Clingan out the front of the Gerringong Town Hall.
	 Photo: SYLVIA LIBER

REVAMP: Kiama Council’s director of engineering and works Bryan Whittaker with Gerringong and District Historical Society publicity officer Margaret Sharpe and South Precinct chairman Darrell Clingan out the front of the Gerringong Town Hall. Photo: SYLVIA LIBER

THE Gerringong Town Hall has stood the test of time, according to Kiama Council’s director of engineering and works Bryan Whittaker.

“It is a significant building literally in the centre of the town,” Mr Whittaker said.

“It just needs a facelift.”

The town hall is enjoying a $250,000 upgrade. 

The bulk of that money has been spent on replacing the building’s roof, which has forced the temporary closure of the venue.

A new public address system as well as a new digital projector – which will help Gerringong Pics and Flicks continue its 14-year association with the hall – is 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 floorboards will be replaced, the floor sanded back and polished, new light fittings put in place along with some new stage curtains.”

The upgrade has been enthusiastically welcomed by the many community groups that use the hall.

Darrell Clingan, the chairman of the South Precinct group which acts as a liaison between Kiama Council and Gerringong residents said the town hall was an integral part of the social fabric of the Gerringong community

“It plays an important role in maintaining Gerringong’s village atmosphere,” Mr Clingan said.

The hall is expected to re-open on July 18.

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