After hosting a fitting and historic ceremony on Remembrance Day in November last year, as well as the unveiling of their new honour boards recognising the names of locals who lost their lives during War, there are plans for Muttama Hall to receive further upgrades.

Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council are preparing to continue with the refurbishment of the historic hall, which was opened at a gala ball on 20 May 1925.

Major conservation and restorative works were completed in 2019, in accordance with conservation action and master plans, designed to enable the hall to be used for national commemorative events, as it had been since 1925.

The original mini orb iron cladding was retained, as were the brick fireplace and chimney on the western end of the kitchen.

The flooring in the main body of the hall was replaced with new Australian hardwood boards. Additional works to replace the kitchen and supper room are to be completed in 2021.

The hall is the site for Anzac Day commemorative services, as well as some Remembrance Day and Australia Day events.

The CGRC Heritage Consultant is assessing the hall, with aims to repaint the hall, as well as upgrading the backstage and roof of the hall.

The Muttama Hall Management Committee currently has $6,591.56 in their bank account, however the treasurer is seeking a $10,000 grant to upgrade the rundown backstage and $26,000 to reroof the hall.

CGRC Council staff are currently putting together a report of previous grants attained by the hall which will be presented at a future Muttama Hall Management Committee meeting.

The historic 97-year-old hall is deemed an icon in the region and deserves all the refurbishment required to keep it thriving even further into the future.

Tim Warren