The Upper Plenty community is preparing to open the new Upper Plenty Mechanics Institute Hall, or “The Shack” as it’s locally known.
At the June Council Meeting Mitchell Shire Council officially appointed the Upper Plenty Mechanics Institute Hall Incorporated as the Committee of Management.
The hall burned down in 2015, not long after being refurbished. The new building will take pride of place on the original site, keeping true to the old design.
Mitchell Shire Council, The Shack Committee, the State Government, community, insurers and builders have been working in partnership to create a facility that will provide a range of activities as well as a venue for the performing arts.
The interior will boast the following improved features:
- a new stage capable of hosting a range of performances
- an upgraded kitchen to support community events
- improved storage for the hall
- new indoor toilets for improved access and comfort
- new rooftop solar system
The cost of the rebuild has largely come from The Shack’s insurance and Council contributed $116,000.