Rathmines hall one step closer to revitalisation

Date posted: 26 October 2018

The long-awaited Rathmines Community Hall redevelopment is a step closer, with a development application to undertake works to the heritage-listed building lodged this week.

Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser, said the refurbishment would transform the Community Hall into a state of the art community, cultural and performing arts centre for the Westlakes area.

“The redevelopment of the venue includes installation of modern audio-visual equipment and lighting, upgraded dressing rooms, a ‘green room’ for performers, new meeting rooms, improved ventilation, new bathrooms and amenities, installation of disabled parking and accessible ramp, and new landscaping,” Cr Fraser said.

“Once complete, the site will be the ideal venue for theatrical, dance and musical performances, festivals, pop-up galleries and exhibitions, meetings and events.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald congratulated Lake Macquarie City Council on the progress of the project, which received an $800,000 grant through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund earlier this year.

“This hall will give school groups and locals a space to dance, sing and act and engage in all kinds of culture experiences,” Mr MacDonald said.

“This is a great example of how this NSW Government fund is actively helping to make our regional communities even better places to live and recreate.”

Minor establishment works will be completed before the end of the year to ensure the site is ready for construction to begin once the development application is approved.

Pending approval, the redevelopment will begin in early 2019 and should be completed by June.

The hall has been closed since 2015 due to ongoing maintenance and asbestos issues.

The project is proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Lake Macquarie City Council.

Page last updated: 26 October 2018