Rathmines Hall Work Starts

Filed under Community, Lake Macquarie LGA, News ~ by Press on  29 Sep 2019

Heritage-listed Rathmines Community Hall is being renovated.

The building has been closed since 2015 due to maintenance and asbestos issues.

Jaime Bennett North Construction (center), John Streeter EJE Architecture and Mayor Lake Macquarie Cr Kay Fraser inside Rathmines Hall

Work includes installation of modern audio-visual equipment and lighting, two ‘green rooms’ for performers, new meeting rooms, improved ventilation, new bathrooms and amenities, installation of disabled parking, accessible ramp and lift, and new landscaping.

The refurbishment of this heritage listed building will see this well-loved community hall transform into a modern community, cultural and performing arts venue for the Westlakes area,” said Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser.

Once complete, the site will be the ideal venue for theatrical, dance and musical performances, festivals, pop-up galleries and exhibitions, meetings and events.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the facility will give the Westlakes community a much needed boost and also provide a much-needed arts, performance and events space for the broader community to use.

After years of maintenance issues, Rathmines Community Hall will finally receive the improvements the community has been waiting for,” Mr. Barilaro said.

It gives me great pleasure to be able say that the NSW Government has had a hand in making this happen through the Stronger Country Communities Fund, a program that is helping regional councils right across the State to deliver hundreds of great community infrastructure projects, just like this one.

I look forward to seeing the Hall once work is complete.” 

Local contractor North Construction & Building will complete the refurbishment of the Hall.

North Construction & Building’s Managing Director Matthew Cook said the team are looking forward to working with Council to deliver this much-needed community facility.

After working at length with Council and consultants on the design development for this project we are excited to turn the sod and commence works on this much loved heritage-listed building and deliver a project which allows for practical use within the community,” Mr. Cook said.

The project is jointly funded by the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund and Council.

Completion date is mid-2020.

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