Band hall on the move
THE news that Bundaberg Regional Council has agreed to the relocation of the Municipal Band Hall from the old Showgrounds site will be music to the ears of band members.
The old weatherboard hall has been home to the band since it was constructed from funds raised from a major band event in the early 1950s but the redevelopment of the old Showgrounds has forced a rethink on the future of the building.
Council's venues spokeswoman Lynne Forgan said the council had been in consultation with the hall committee over the past two years and had devised a plan to move the building to the Recreational Precinct opposite the airport.
"The transformation of the old Showgrounds is steadily evolving and there is a requirement that relocation of buildings like the Municipal Band Hall be assessed.
"The hall committee is currently pursuing funding options to assist in the relocation of the building."
Cr Forgan said a Permit to Occupy agreement would be formalised between the council and the hall committee.
"This arrangement is a positive move for the Municipal Band and its members and will allow council to move forward with the redevelopment of the old Showgrounds."
Council authorised the Chief Executive Officer to commence negotiations with the hall committee to determine the level of any council financial assistance associated with the relocation.