Hall takes road trip
AN HISTORIC Salvation Army hall will be brought back to its former glory within six months.
The hall arrived at the Salvos’ Riverview farm last Thursday after being transported in two pieces from Blackbutt.
Farm manager Brad Strong said the 150 kilometre night road journey took about four hours.
“Because of the height, the roof and hall came separately,” he said.
Work has now begun on restumping and re-roofing the 8x17 metre hall.
Mr Strong said participants in the Skilling Queenslanders for Work and other Salvos programs would finish the restoration.
This will include tasks like repainting and refurbishing, carpentry, gardening, building paths and fencing.
“Realistically we won’t be doing much on it until mid-January,” Mr Strong said.
“There is some white ant damage and we want to fix that.
“We’ve got a retired manual arts teacher – he’ll be the supervisor.
“We’re going to set the hall up as it would have been.
“The back part of it, which was the residence, will be furnished with donated vintage items.
“The actual hall part will be used for an 80-seat chapel.
“We’re very fortunate because we have, in the front of it, coloured glass and you can’t get that sort of glass any more.”
The hall, built in 1912, and some furniture is in original condition.
A donation of $200,000 will pay for shifting, re-roofing, stumping and painting.
“We think it’s worth keeping the history,” Mr Strong said in July when the project was announced.
“We had a chapel here at Riverview and it fell apart.”
The farm is already the location for a number of job-creating enterprises, including a plant nursery
“Whatever money we make goes to the work of the army and this site,” Mr Strong said.