CUPPA COMMUNITY: Broadwater-Riley’s Hill Hall and members of its loving hall committee.
CUPPA COMMUNITY: Broadwater-Riley’s Hill Hall and members of its loving hall committee. Jules Ober

Hall’s chance to ‘talk’

BROADWATER and Rileys Hill are celebrating after receiving word that their community hall has been chosen to take part in the region-wide If These Halls Could Talk project.

Kate Olivieri, who nominated Broadwater- Rileys Hill Hall, said that as far as she knew, it was the newest purpose-built community hall on the Far North Coast.

"As the name suggests, it is for two communities. Locals are proud to share this resource," Kate said.

Broadwater-Rileys Hill Hall was built in 1998 to replace the previous Mill Hall of the Sunshine Sugar Co-operative sugar mill, which was condemned in the early 90s.

Clarissa Henderson, a resident of 27 years, said from the day the new hall was built, "it had a feeling that it was community owned".

"It's a friendly hall," she said simply.

Broadwater is one of two Northern Rivers towns that will be bypassed after the highway upgrade is completed in 2018.

"It will be fantastic to have such a positive project to let travellers and other locals know it's a lovely place to visit," said Ms Olivieri.

The next phase of the If These Halls Could Talk project will see a community engagement co-ordinator and an artistic team embedded in the seven halls to create an artistic response to the history of the hall and its community.

Call for halls

The public is invited to continue to share stories and images of their hall on the If These Halls Could Talk Instagram and Facebook page as the project progresses.



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