The beautiful old Paterson School of Arts Hall seems to be one of the best kept secrets in the area – but that’s about to change.
A new committee, brimming with enthusiasm and ideas, has grand plans to re-invigorate the historic hall to become a vibrant community hub which is both well used and profitable.
Cath Varcoe, Kristy Ashton, Gabes Ryan, Linda and Grant L'green and Linda McLean are faced with chasing funds to improve the 1935 building which is owned by Dungog Shire Council.
Roof repairs, drainage issues and a new kitchen are the first challenges facing the new committee who praised the years of hard work by Zoltan Lyall and Kevin Hawtin to maintain and manage the hall.
The new committee has engaged a sound engineer from Melbourne, who is passionate about saving historic halls, to advise on how to improve the acoustics of the hall which has a king truss roof.
“The committee believes this will set us apart from other halls in the area,” said president Linda McLean.
“There are a lot of talented people to showcase here and school groups could use it to perform.
“We don’t want to compete with other halls, they all shine in their own way, we want ours to have a unique selling point.”
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