Bellingen Memorial Hall Community Open Days

The central office space upstairs with the Soldier's Window
The central office space upstairs with the Soldier's Window

With the 'Soldier's Window' now back in its original place and other refurbishment works funded by the NSW Government's Heritage Activation Fund almost finished, it's time to take a sneak peek inside the Memorial Hall.

Thanks to a $335,151 grant from the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund and a further $3.3 million grant from Create NSW's Regional Culture Fund, planning is well underway to transform the Memorial Hall into a vibrant arts and cultural hub.

In conjunction with the hall's management committee, council has organised 'Community Open Days' for Friday June 21 from 4pm to 6pm and Saturday June 22 from 10am to 12pm to showcase the work done so far and the plans for the future.

Significant stakeholder engagement and needs analysis has taken place over the last six months to help determine what the full redevelopment - including a new extension at the rear of the hall - might look like.

Initial concept plans will be available for viewing at the Community Open Days and tours through the newly renovated upstairs area will also be running.

The area upstairs now includes two office spaces and a community meeting room. The grant also paid for the restoration and reinstallation of the Soldier's Window, a new kitchen upstairs, painting, flooring, lighting and fans.

Don Harwin, Special Minister of State, Minister for the Public Service and Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs & the Arts, and Melinda Pavey MP, Minister for Water, Property & Housing, have both been invited to attend the formal celebrations that will take place on Saturday June 22 at 10am to officially open the refurbished upstairs area.