Good times to continue at Sale Memorial Hall

Kate Ashton

SALE Memorial Hall is set for a facelift, with funding secured to help modernise the building, which will fund the introduction of heating and cooling, acoustic panels, a public address system and asbestos removal.

The money comes in the form of a $486,538 grant to Wellington Shire Council from the Latrobe Valley Authority’s Community Facility Fund, one of the largest single grants to ever come from the fund.

Hall committee secretary Heather Baird said the upgrades signalled bright times ahead for the hall and the community.

“We are unique in the fact that the town owns this building and the land, so it belongs to the town and the people of the town,” she said.

“It’s a been a huge effort to keep it going, and the committee have done wonderful they really have, they’ve been doing it for years, and it’s been really well looked after which is why it has gotten to where it is.

“Nearly every young person growing up in Sale have done their deb here, so that’s a fantastic thing, my grandson done his deb thing, my son has, it’s a really lovely family thing.”

Wellington Shire mayor Carolyn Crossley commended all the effort put in by the committee to look after and ensure a bright future for the “iconic building”.

“It is a significant place historically, but needs upgrades to make sure it is still there for the future,” she said.

The hall opened in 1957, and has been used by the community from everything from graduations to voting on election day, and a well-remembered visit from iconic rockers ACDC.

Some community members who showed up at the hall to hear the announcement, favorably recalled the hall from its very beginning as having one of Australia’s “best ever floors to dance on”.

The funding comes after years of work by both council and volunteer committee members, which included the development of a masterplan and getting feedback from throughout the community about how the hall could be improved.

“It wasn’t just the committee, we went out to the community to see what they wanted for this building, as it’s a whole community asset,” Cr Crossley said.

While there is no definite timeline for the project, it is hoped that the improvements will be nearing completion by August 2019.