Sale hall precinct plan

CONSULTANTS have been appointed to develop a master plan for the Sale Memorial Hall precinct.

The master plan will be developed as part of efforts to provide a new lease of life for the precinct, with includes the main hall and buildings which previously housed the library, art gallery, City of Sale offices, and a 90-year-old cenotaph.

The buildings, constructed in the 1950s and ’60s, need refurbishment, replacement and repairs to toilets, kitchen, plumbing and electrical wiring.

The previous state government contributed $30,000 towards the plan and Wellington Shire Council $10,000.

Meetings between the consultants, the hall committee of management and Wellington Shire Council staff will begin later this month.

The community will be consulted as part of the development of the plan, which is likely to be completed by the middle of the year.

Wellington Shire councillor Peter Cleary said the hall meant a lot to the community.

“The Sale Memorial Hall is quite an iconic building for the town of Sale and over all the shire,” he said.

“I’m sure at one stage or the other nearly everyone in the shire has walked in there for some reason of another.

“The hall is getting a bit knocked around, a bit under the weather, and needs to be looked at a little bit.”