Heritage listed Mooloolah hall needs you!

By Sonia Isaacs Clark

MOOLOOLAH Valley Public Hall, built around 1905, is thought to be one of the oldest public halls in the Sunshine Coast area today. Located on the northern side of Bray Road in Mooloolah, the beautiful heritage-listed building is opposite the turn off to the Mooloolah State School in King Road and sits opposite the Mooloolah Community Centre, which was the original school building.

Over the years, the hall has been a cornerstone of the community. With its rich and vibrant history, it deserves to be appreciated, celebrated and maintained in the future by ongoing use and with more involvement and management by members of the community.

Many may not realise the hall is owned by the community. Since 1905 it has played a significant role in countless community activities and social events, including popular dances that drew crowds from miles around for many years, as well as all the major celebratory gatherings for the town.

If the old floorboards could talk, there would be many a tale of romance and intrigue over the years.

Mooloolah Valley Public Hall committee secretary Bev Smith said that while modern times had brought changes, the hall remained the property of the Mooloolah community and it now needed new direction.

As a community-owned hall, it is run entirely by volunteers, including some who have been involved for decades. However, none of them are getting any younger.

Bev said the committee would welcome the energy and enthusiasm of new members to get involved in the ongoing management of this beautiful community asset.

“The present committee deserves the right to step aside safe in the knowledge that the hall will continue to be cared for by others in the community,” Bev said.

“They have generously given years of voluntary community care. However, they are now ready to pass the baton on.

“With community help, input and new ideas, the Mooloolah Public Hall will remain in this community for future generations,” she said.

In recent years, the hall has undergone some impressive upgrades and the current committee recognises and thanks help from Sunshine Coast Council and its grants programs to maintain and improve this lovely public hall.

The space has a lot of potential, so why not pop by and check it out. Better still, get involved with the running of this vital community asset.

The hall management team is voted in every year at the committee’s annual general meeting (AGM).

This year the AGM will be held at the hall at 4pm on Thursday, October 14.

All local community members are invited and welcome to attend.