Application placed to have hall heritage listed

FROM soldiers dancing before heading off to war to regular line dancing classes, the Pialba Memorial Hall certainly has some stories to tell in its more than 100 year history.

These stories and the slice of history the hall represents are why a group of Hervey Bay residents have banded together to try to save the building by placing an application to have it listed on the state heritage register.

The hall and nearby railway station and cenotaph have been under a cloud since the Fraser Coast Regional Council released its Pialba master plan earlier this year.

The historical building did not appear on the plan, prompting fears the Main St hall would be moved or destroyed.

Jannean Dean, who made the application to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, said the hall and railway station were an important part of Hervey Bay's character.

"They are landmarks which should be proudly incorporated into the CBD, not something to be swept aside," she said.

"It is ridiculous that the council does not recognise their value."

Fraser Coast mayor Gerard O'Connell said the council was yet to make a decision on the hall but they were aware of the heritage application.

"It's very early in that process and council will respond to the department and give any feedback to them in due course," he said.

Pialba Memorial Hall

Built 1906

Only remaining building from the Pialba Shire Council

Was moved to its current site in 1941

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