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Community asked to consider future uses for Manly Town Hall

By Northern Beaches Council
Archived 5 Jan 2021 - Posted: 6 Nov 2020
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Northern Beaches Council today called on the community to put forward ideas for future use of Manly’s grand old dame, Manly Town Hall, in keeping with the heritage value of the iconic building.

Mayor Michael Regan said there is an incredible opportunity for community use of the building and Council welcomed all ideas, big and small.

“Following amalgamation and the consolidation of Council staff accommodation, there is an opportunity to reimagine and revitalise the Town Hall and consider what it could be used for in the future.

“Over the years suggestions have ranged from an art and creative space to live music venue, to a community centre.

“We are exploring a new beginning for this great space and we’d love to hear more ideas about what our community think could be part of its future.

“We are right at the first stage of this process, gathering ideas, and there will be lots of further opportunities for our community to get involved.

“Whatever we do, it will respect and celebrate the heritage of the building.”

The former Manly Council purchased the triangular site where Whistler and Belgrave Streets meet The Corso in 1909, with £5,000 paid for site and the building, which became Manly Town Hall. By 1910, it was decided a new town hall was needed.

Manly Town Hall was remodelled several times in the early 20th Century. However, in 1937 construction of the new town hall began.

The building was to showcase the modern styles of the time and include the latest technologies including air-conditioning and lighting systems. The estimated cost of the building was £15,000.

Over the years Manly Town Hall has been used as administration for Manly Council as well as for community events and exhibitions.

Last year, Council approved the interim use of the Councillors Room, Council Chambers and Cove Meeting Room for community groups and private functions.

“While Manly Town Hall has changed over the years it is still an iconic and much-loved part of the fabric of Manly,” Mayor Regan said.

“I am looking forward to seeing what ideas our community come up with.”

Community can have their say until 16 December 2020.

This article archived 5 Jan 2021

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