The new façade of Tallarook Mechanics Institute has been unveiled. The hall is under construction since fire destroyed the building in 2018.

A new façade for Tallarook Mechanics Institute was unveiled as part of the ongoing rebuild of the hall, which was destroyed by fire in May 2018.

Opened in 1891, the hall had been a community hub for nearly 130 years, hosting many activities, special events and functions across generations.

The front of the building has been under wraps since the rebuild began earlier this year.

The new façade uses key design features of the old hall shape and style with a modern twist.

The blend of old and new will continue throughout the hall with a contemporary look that honours the hall’s history and adds more flexibility to the use of its space.

The hall is owned by Mitchell Shire Council and managed by the Tallarook Mechanics Institute Committee of Management.

The hall is being rebuilt through council’s insurers who engaged Bay Builders. The committee and community members are also assisting with various in-kind support and volunteer hours.

A $200,000 State Government grant, secured by Member for Northern Victoria and Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes, will assist with items such as design, contents, landscaping and equipment replacement.

The rebuild is expected to finish later this year including the internal fit out, landscaping and the installation of ceramic art, which featured at the entry to the old hall.

The ceramic pieces were created by the community with local artist Sandra Bowkett and have been carefully removed and stored.

Mitchell Shire Mayor David Lowe said it was exciting to see the project take shape.

“There has been much discussion about the design with various views and considerations to work through. I’d like to thank everyone involved for their time and input including the committee and community members who have put so much into this,” he said.

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