Hall victory is music to community's ears
THE fight for Coorabell Hall has been fought and won.
After a three-month campaign, a passionate group of music lovers has managed to overturn the ban on live gigs at the hall, while simultaneously bringing together the local community.
George Lewin, the new president of the hall committee, said that someone should buy a big bunch of flowers for the solitary neighbour who had complained about the music.
“Little did he know how much community spirit he galvanised through his complaints,” he said. “He unleashed a tsunami of love and support for the hall.
“This is really a story about how the community rose up as one.”
When the former hall committee banned live gigs following legal threats from the neighbour, a Community Halls Initiative was formed.
An attempt to get the committee to overturn the ban failed, so the group developed a detailed draft management plan to deal with the problems caused by the live music, including noise and traffic issues.
The hall committee's annual meeting on July 21 resulted in a total change of the committee, with the previous office bearers declining any positions, opening the way for Mr Lewin and others to be elected unopposed.
“We were really surprised. We thought there would be blood on the floor on the night, but it went really smoothly,” Mr Lewin said.
“We came to the meeting with a small band of people from the Friday Hut Road area who were passionate about Coorabell.”
Simon Fraser, who was instrumental in mounting the campaign, was elected secretary, while Ian and Janet Kneale were elected treasurer and vice-president respectively.
During the meeting, members of the previous committee, Lyn Garrett and Joe Pyle, moved and seconded a motion to recommence booking live music for a six-month trial.
Mr Fraser was delighted with the outcome and said the new committee was looking forward to bringing new life to the hall.
There will be a working bee on August 16. Call George Lewin (6684 1114) or Ian Kneale (6684 7417) for details.