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Maitland Town Hall upgrades to be adopted

REVAMP: Maitland Town Hall will receive some necessary upgrades after councillors approve a plan at Tuesday night’s meeting.The latest upgrades to Maitland Town Hall are expected to be completed late this year, with the contract for the job likely to be ­awarded in June.
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Maitland City Councillors will formally adopt the Maitland Town Hall Conservation Management Plan at Tuesday’s council meeting.

The plan, which has identified upgrades needed at the facility between 2013 and 2017, highlighted key priorities for maintenance at the hall.

Council’s infrastructure projects and building services manager Graeme Mathews said work this year would include upgrades to audio-visual equipment and improvements to lighting and theatre infrastructure.

These upgrades were listed as medium level priorities in the conservation management plan.

High-level priorities include various repairs to the ceiling and awnings throughout the hall, and an investigation and treatment of rising damp.

“Council is currently working with NSW Public Works Government Architect’s Office for various consulting services,” Mr Mathews said.

“The Government Architect’s Office has recently completed a similar project for Rockdale City Council.

“We are anticipating that the contract for the work will be awarded in June 2015, with works to be completed by late 2015.”

The state government committed $2 ­million for upgrades to the hall in September, 2013.

In a report to councillors released on Friday, council heritage officer Clare James wrote that the conservation plan would guide ongoing management, upgrades and conservation of the historic building.

“The Conservation Management Plan is considered to provide council with important and useful guidelines on which to base future maintenance and management decisions,” she wrote.

“It provides scope for the necessary upgrading of facilities to enable its continued use providing the works are carefully co-­ordinated and considered from a design, ­heritage and functional perspective.”

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