Historic hall is still sitting idle

IT’S SUCH A SHAME: Myrtleford identities Tiff Rayner (left) and John Taylor hope a new use for the town’s Memorial Hall will be found soon, after more than 12 months of inactivity.

LOCAL identities are calling for the rejuvenation of Myrtleford’s Memorial Hall as the once thriving building sits redundant on Myrtle Street.

In letters to the Myrtleford Times over recent weeks, community members Marg Goodman and John Taylor have highlighted the current state of the building and urged that something needs to be done.

The hall – built in 1925 to commemorate those who served in World War I – has gone from being one of the most prominent meeting places in town to being unused in the last 12 months.

“There wouldn’t be many residents in town that wouldn’t have fond memories of attending events in the hall during their lifetime,” Mrs Goodman said this week.

“And now with nothing happening in there it’s sad to see it falling in to disrepair.

“Having been built in honor of our local Anzacs, and with 2015 being the year we commemorate the centenary of Anzac, it could have been a place where there were a number of commemorations and events throughout the year.”

Mr Taylor understands the hall’s significance to the Myrtleford community and said considerable works would need to be undertaken to get the building up to scratch.

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