REFURBISH HALL: Boyne Tannum Arts Business and Community Association member Robert Beale and Boyne Island Lions Club president Rick Bichsel are advocates for the conservation of the Tannum Sands Hall in Pacific Avenue.
REFURBISH HALL: Boyne Tannum Arts Business and Community Association member Robert Beale and Boyne Island Lions Club president Rick Bichsel are advocates for the conservation of the Tannum Sands Hall in Pacific Avenue. Luka Kauzlaric

Tannum Sands Hall’s fate in the balance at town meeting

IT HAS stood for more than 50 years, and been home to an array of community events.

And now the Tannum Sands Hall will host a community meeting to decide its fate.

The hall was built in 1957 by volunteer labour, and Boyne Island Lions Club president Rick Bichsel said it had stood the test of time.

"There's a lot of history here and we don't want to see it fall to pieces," he said.

The hall has been used by a variety of organisations for events including Sunday school, national fitness, the annual age pensioner dinner, and the New Year's Eve dance for 22 years.

"There's a beautiful dance floor in there. This floor is the original narrow hardwood floor," says Mr Bichsel.

"The Gladstone Rock & Roll club think that it's one of the best halls in Gladstone."

Boyne Tannum Arts Business and Community Association member Robert Beale said the most pressing concern was maintenance of the hall.

"There are certain refurbishments which require monetary funding, which is hard to come by," he said.

"The only thing keeping the hall going is hire, and there are a minimal number of hirers and it's hired out at a minimal rate."

Mr Beale believes that a refurbishment is all the hall needs to boost demand.

"The community has grown and people would use the hall if it was upgraded."

The meeting will discuss whether the hall will stay open, what it is used for and what members of the community are willing to do to keep it open.

The meeting will be held at the hall in Pacific Ave at 7pm on Monday, with all community members welcome.