Port Fairy's historic lecture hall restored

RESTORATION works on Port Fairy’s lecture hall were officially unveiled yesterday.

Victorian Premier and member for South West Coast Denis Napthine was in town to show off the new and improved lecture hall.

The works included heritage plastering work, recarpeted floors, a full electrical upgrade and the replacement of the roof and guttering.

In all the cost of restoration was $161,000 with the state government contributing $106,000 and the remaining $55,000 coming from the Moyne Shire Council and the community.

Moyne Shire councillors joined Dr Napthine for the official unveiling with the Premier singing the praises of the venue.

“This historic bluestone building, in the heart of the town, has always been a hub for performances, community events such as the Spring Music Festival and Port Fairy Folk Festival and for celebrations such as weddings,” he said.

“Heritage plastering experts have beautifully replastered the building, maintaining the integrity of this historic bluestone icon.” 

Improved heating will also ensure it is a more user-friendly space with the Moyne Shire Council reporting an increase in bookings following the restoration works.

“Importantly these upgrades will ensure it continues to host events and celebrations for many years to come.”

Dr Napthine said the lecture hall is the latest in a long list of Moyne Shire halls to be upgraded through government funding.

He noted the Koroit Theatre, The Sisters’ Soldiers Memorial Hall, the Grassmere Hall, the Purnim Mechanics Hall and Willatook Hall had also been refurbished.

Moyne Shire mayor and Port Fairy resident James Purcell said the lecture hall is a big part of the town.

“The lecture hall is unique in that it has such history and brilliant acoustics as well,” Cr Purcell said.

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