The Old Shire Hall in Allora will be raised on stumps, its plumbing will be replaced, new toilets added and while building will be painted.
The Old Shire Hall in Allora will be raised on stumps, its plumbing will be replaced, new toilets added and while building will be painted. Southern Downs Regional Council

PRESERVED: Why this 100-year-old hall needs a $315K facelift

FOR the past 112 years the Allora Old Shire Hall has stood tall on Forde St and thanks to $315,000 worth of renovations, it is likely to last another 100 years.

The Southern Downs Regional Council will lift and re-stump the building, build a new toilet block and access ramp, and paint the building inside and out.

Allora and District Historical Society secretary Wendy Adrey said it would be money well spent.

"The building needs to be renovated, the floor is all warped, there is termite damage that needs to be fixed and it needs to be plumbed properly to stop further damage,” she said.

The building started life as the administrative hub for Allora and was shuttered in 1994 when the district merged with the Shire of Warwick.

Later the historical society moved in and set up a museum. Mrs Adrey said the renovations were long overdue.

"I've been here for 40 years and I don't remember any work being done to it,' she said. "It was a beautiful old building and it will be ... again.”

For the Allora Historic Society, preserving the building is as important as preserving documents and artefacts.

"Once it is gone there'll be nothing left to show people what was here before they were born,” Mrs Adrey said.

"We are the guardians of the heritage of the town and district.”

Restoration work is due to start in the coming weeks and Mrs Audrey hopes it will be complete for Allora's 150-year celebration on May 31.

About $275,000 of the restoration budget will be paid for through the State Government's Works 4 Queensland program with the remaining $35,000 coming from council coffers.



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