Jurien Hall Site to be Redeveloped for New RSL Building

Published on Wednesday, 16 November 2022 at 11:49:47 AM

At Monday's Special Council Meeting, a unanimous decision was made by Council to authorise the demolition of the Jurien Hall to allow for the redevelopment of the site, which will be the new home for the local Returned & Services League of Australia Sub-Branch (RSL).

The decision was made after a range of consultation activities undertaken with the community on this project. The Shire has sourced information from interviews and a survey, a community workshop, an open day at the Jurien Hall, an advertised draft position statement and through the utilisation of a heritage expert to guide the review process.

Council also authorised the Chief Executive Officer to negotiate the lease for the Jurien Town Hall site to the RSL. The new RSL building will be funded by sources already obtained by the RSL with a contribution of $60,000 from the Shire towards demolition and site preparation expenses. Council also expects that subject to it being safe to do so, salvaged timber materials will be featured in the new building as a way of carrying forward some of the history of the hall into the redeveloped site.

The Jurien Town Hall was constructed in 1971 and has catered for community events and activities over the past five decades which has embedded fond memories and nostalgia for many local residents, however the functional use, structural integrity (including that of the asbestos material) and aesthetic state of the facility has declined considerably over the years. In March 2021, the Shire Council endorsed a recommendation to close the facility due to safety reasons, while a heritage review was undertaken which informed a decision on the building’s future.

Prior to the demolition of the hall, a digital video and photographic capture of the site and a request for community members to supply copies of past photos of events at the Jurien Town Hall for retention will be undertaken to mark the historical role and nostalgic place that the hall has had for the local community.

For more information, including information about the new building and its interaction with the surrounding reserve, go to the Past Consultation page:

https://www.dandaragan.wa.gov.au/consultations/past.aspx


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