Final meeting held in Moulamein Council Chambers

Refurbishment works to the existing building are due to begin later this month, which will see staff relocated into the current chambers.

The occasion was acknowledged during today’s meeting in a Mayoral Minute item presented by Wakool Shire Council Mayor Neil Gorey.

“It is poignant that we have held our last meeting in the current chambers. These chambers have been the seat of Wakool Shire Council’s democratic local government for almost 30 years,” Cr Gorey said.

“However, today’s final meeting also heralds the start of refurbishment works to the existing building and the first stage of the redevelopment of the Moulamein office building.”

Council resolved to pursue the redevelopment of the Moulamein office building at its meeting in August last year.

The Stage 1 refurbishment works, which are budgeted at $680,000, will be carried out by Cohuna’s CJ & BT McLoughlan. The works are due to start on the 24 February.

Stage 2 involves relocating the chambers into a community hub along with the Business Centre and other functions. Council has set aside $300,000 for the community hub as well as additional funding of more than $300,000 to be sourced from external grants.

The Moulamein Council Chambers were opened on the 1 March 1985 by the then Minister for Local Government the Hon. Kevin Stewart MP. Also in attendance was the Shire President Mr DC Thomas as well as Shire Clerk Mr JC Frost.

The first Council meeting at the current chambers was held five days later on the 6 March.