Sunday, May 26, 2024

Manly Town Hall future to be shaped by community

Northern Beaches Council is calling for expressions of interest from the community to sit on a working group that will consider and investigate potential future uses of the Manly Town Hall.

The Town Hall was the seat of Manly Council from 1937 to 2016, when it became the site of the first meeting of the new Northern Beaches Council. 

Council says that following the local government amalgamation and the consolidation of Council staff accommodation, it has identified an opportunity to revitalise the Town Hall for broader community use.

Council asked the community for ideas on how they would like to see it used and now a working group will consider and investigate these ideas ahead of further consultation with the community.

Northern Beaches Mayor, Michael Regan said Council was looking for a range of community and local expertise for the working group.

“Manly’s Town Hall is such an iconic part of Manly which has incredible potential for community use,” Mayor Regan said.

“We asked the community for ideas and received almost 300 suggestions including a music or theatre venue, arts space, museum and environment or community centre.

“We are keen for a working group to narrow these down and consider what is feasible before we invite the community to input further.

“This is a great opportunity to reimagine and revitalise the Town Hall and help shape it’s future.

“Of course, nothing will be considered that does not respect and celebrate the heritage of the building which dates back to the early 1900s.”

Council says the working group will have 12 representatives including residents, businesses, workers, visitors, and other special interest groups.

“We are looking for local residents, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative and community members with experience in tourism, theatre and performing arts, galleries, and museums or environment and heritage,” it said in a statement.

Expressions of interest close Monday 1 August. Register here.

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