Morisset Memorial Hall and Literary Institute to hold annual general meeting on August 29

HISTORY: Marion Baldwin pictured in Morisset Memorial Hall in 2016. The hall is currently closed to the public, and support beams extend to the ceiling. Picture: David Stewart
HISTORY: Marion Baldwin pictured in Morisset Memorial Hall in 2016. The hall is currently closed to the public, and support beams extend to the ceiling. Picture: David Stewart

MEMBERS of the Morisset Memorial Hall and Literary Institute (MMHLI) are optimistic about securing grants to help fund repairs to the hall.

MMHLI vice-president Marion Baldwin said the group had been busy in recent months continuing the work to secure the hall’s future.

“We’ve applied for numerous grants that would help us with repairs at the hall, and with the ongoing costs, and we’re feeling very positive about those,” Ms Baldwin said.

The main (upstairs) hall has been closed to the public since July last year due to damage sustained in the roof cavity. It means the hall cannot be hired to user groups.

The rooms behind the hall (downstairs) are still in use.

The damage sustained to the heritage-protected hall has cast doubt over the future of the building.

The hall, built in 1927, occupies a block on Dora Street where the council plans to build a community centre and civic hub, including a new library.

Council has begun acquiring land around the hall to facilitate its plan.

But the hall and the land it occupies are owned by Morisset Memorial Hall and Literary Institute Incorporated.

Repairs are likely to be one of the main agenda items when MMHLI holds its annual general meeting on Wednesday, August 29.

“The AGM will be held at Morisset Country Club, at 10.30am,” Ms Baldwin said.

Office bearers will be elected, and an update will be provided on the hall’s future.

Ms Baldwin said the hall committee had been strengthened by the addition of new members. The incumbent president is Jean Piddington.

MMHLI members and interested community members are invited to attend the AGM, Ms Baldwin said.

Meanwhile, MMHLI members will hold their next fundraising barbecue at Bunnings Morisset on Sunday, September 2.

“We continue to have a lot of support from the community,” Ms Baldwin said.

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