Restoration funds sought

SOUTHERN Downs Regional Council will help Allora Historical Society apply for funds to restore the Old Allora offices and hall.

The society told council officials the building had a “huge cultural and historical significance” for the town and should not be allowed to deteriorate further.

The work will require major funding but council hasn’t budgeted any extra for the project in its 2010/11 budget, so cash will need to be found through external grants.

At last week’s community services committee meeting, Crs Mally McMurtrie and Neil Meiklejohn said they understood the importance of the building in terms of Allora’s heritage.

“We should do everything we can do to get them funding,” Cr McMurtrie said.

Cr Jo McNally questioned why the historical society wasn’t “pooling their resources” with the sporting association and working together in the project.

Council resolved to review the future of the building in July 2011.

Allora Historical Society uses the building for storage but, as part of its long-term vision, aims to restore the building so the whole of Allora’s history collection can be housed in a museum precinct at Forde and Warwick streets.



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