Public Consultation - Retention of, or disposition and relocation of, the Salt River Hall

Published on Monday, 19 April 2021 at 12:01:30 PM




The Shire of Gnowangerup is seeking community comment on the future of the Salt River Hall which has reached a stage of disrepair such that its future needs to be determined.

The Hall was constructed in 1925 to serve as a school, and later was used for meetings and social functions including dances for the residents of the Salt River area. It is constructed of timber and corrugated iron. It is sited on a Reserve vested in the Shire for Community Purposes.

A recent assessment was done of the condition of the building:

  • Stumps are in fair condition for their age.
  • Floor is in good condition given its age.
  • External cladding has some loose sheets and some missing, with minor repairs required to return it to a fair condition.
  • Windows are mostly damaged and require considerable repairs and restoration.
  • The front doors are missing and one back door is missing and would need to be reconstructed.
  • The roof is in a poor condition with one sheet broken away and numerous sheets with holes or other damage caused by corrosion. The roof would require major repairs to restore the buildings integrity.
  • The kitchen is seriously compromised with stump failure, and windows and cladding missing. It is recommended that this section be demolished as it is considered to be dangerous.

The Shire is seeking input from the community as to its value as a historical building, its possible community use, and what its future might be, including demolition or relocation.

Grants might be secured for the restoration of the hall, but it is likely that the Shire would be required to contribute and commit to the ongoing maintenance of the hall. This would need to be accommodated in future budgets.

Submissions are invited from residents and other parties that might have an interest in restoring the hall in situ or relocating it and taking responsibility for its ongoing repairs and maintenance.

Submissions should be in writing and include your name and address, a brief overview of your opinion on its future use, and your opinion on its current location.

Depending on the outcome of the consultation process, Council may choose to dispose of the hall, including its relocation, and if it did so, it would publicly seek expressions of interest from parties wishing to acquire the hall.

To assist in preparing a submission, a copy of the Heritage Assessment and Conservation Plan prepared by Hammond and Green Architects in 1994 can be viewed HERE or a hard copy can be picked up from the Shire Administration building during office hours at 28 Yougenup Road Gnowangerup.

Submissions must be received by the Shire by 4:00pm on Monday 31st May 2021 and can be posted to:

Shire of Gnowangerup

28 Yougenup Road


WA 6335

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