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Gray Community Hall Project Updates

City of Palmerston is redeveloping Gray Community Hall into a contemporary multi-use facility where people can meet, play and socialise. 

Project information

The Hall is located in the heart of Palmerston and offers an open space for community members and groups to hire for events and functions. It is Council’s most frequently hired facility and a much-loved home to a number of community groups. 

The reimagined Gray Community Hall will include multiple zones to allow for simultaneous bookings, both indoor and outdoor. The new design will create more flexibility in a similar sized footprint to the current building.

Planned improvement works:

  • a main indoor function space
  • a secondary indoor function space
  • improved kitchen facilities
  • veranda space with high ceiling fans
  • internal access-compliant toilets
  • an outdoor toilet accessible to those visiting the community garden
  • solar PV on roof
  • smart-controlled irrigation
  • LED lighting 
  • a higher level of air-conditioning efficiency. 
Cost and duration

The project is worth $1.83 million, and is funded through a partnership between the Australian Government via the Community Development Grants program and the City of Palmerston.

The construction tender closed 24 February 2021 and was formally announced 5th of May 2021. Indigenous owned company, M+J Builders, have been awarded the construction contract.

Demolition has commenced late May this year by McMahon Services Australia Pty Ltd. Construction is commencing in June 2021.
The new development is expected to be completed in late 2021.

Benefits

The existing Gray Community Hall building is aging, an upgrade has been planned to create a space that is contemporary, versatile and caters to a wider community audience. The existing building will be demolished and replaced with a new, purpose-built community hall. The new build will achieve a higher level of value when compared with a renovation of the existing facility.

The final design for the Gray Community Hall Redevelopment has been amended to include the following additions:

  • LED lighting throughout,

  • Internal and external CCTV,

  • A larger storage facility for all hall users,

  • Raised power points to assist with accessibility,

  • Hearing augmentation (audio induction loop),

  • Installation of an accessibility compliant push button sliding door to the all-ability access toilet,

  • Storage facilities,

  • Baby changing facilities; and

  • Floating timber flooring, being a ‘like for like’ replacement to the existing floor at the facility.

Current status

On the 5th of May 2021, Indigenous owned M+J Builders were formally awarded the construction tender.
Construction will commence in June 2021, following a period of demolition works. The project is expected to be delivered in late 2021.
The media announcement can be found HERE.

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