New life for Sale Memorial Hall

SALE Memorial Hall will be refurbished and modernised to help attract major events and increase usage of the facility, with Wellington Shire Council receiving a $486,538 grant under the Latrobe Valley Authority’s Community Facility Fund.

Opened in 1957, the hall has potential to be a busy community space, but is currently under-utilised, with the upgrades helping to bring the facility into the 21st century.

LVA chief executive Karen Cain said the refurbishment project would enhance tourism and visitation in the region.

“Sale Memorial Hall is one of a handful of venues in Gippsland capable of hosting over 500 people, and this project will help ensure the facility has high standard amenities and technology to match,” she said.

Wellington Shire mayor Carolyn Crossley said the refurbishment would complement other major projects in Sale such as the recent Port of Sale redevelopment.

“The upgrades will include refurbishment of amenities and stage change rooms, heating and cooling throughout, internal repainting, internal asbestos removal and installation of audio-visual equipment to bring it up to modern standards,” she said.

The hall has secured one of the largest single grant amounts to come out of the Community Facility Fund to date, following a $500,000 grant announced last year for amenity upgrades at Sale Showgrounds.