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Facelift for Goomeri Hall of Memory

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The Goomeri Hall of Memory will be restored to its former glory.

A recent inspection by Gympie Council maintenance officers found parts of the historic building and grounds have deteriorated.

The state heritage-listed war memorial was constructed in 1926, to commemorate all those in the district who had served in WWI, and at an extension, those who served in subsequent wars.

Restoration works are expected to cost $127,000, funded by the state government, and will include external repairs, a fresh coat of exterior paint, replacing dilapidated pine trees, new signage, security upgrades and restoration of the original coat of arms.

Councillor Hilary Smerdon says the Goomeri Hall of Memory Asset Renewal Project is a great outcome for residents, who have waited a long time for the hall to receive some restorative work.

“I’d like to thank the Queensland Government for the funding of this renewal project," Cr Smerdon says. 

"The hall is not only an icon of Goomeri, but an important place of remembrance for those who have served."

Works are set to start on Tuesday, May 4, with the front façade and sides of the building to be completed in time for the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival.

The project will be placed on hold during the festival, with public access restrictions and construction materials removed.

Construction will then start again after the festival, with the finishing touches expected to be completed in early June.

Residents may experience construction noises; however minimal disturbance is expected.