NEW COMMITTEE: Almost 100 Redbank residents turned up for a meeting at the Redbank School of Arts Hall to elect a new interim committee following intervention from the State Government.
NEW COMMITTEE: Almost 100 Redbank residents turned up for a meeting at the Redbank School of Arts Hall to elect a new interim committee following intervention from the State Government. Helen Spelitis

REVEALED: New managers take over Ipswich hall

A NEW team will be managing a historic Ipswich hall that has been the scene for hundreds of residents' most memorable life moments.

The 100-year-old Redbank School of Arts hall on Brisbane Rd had become the subject of controversy amid claims of mismanagement and failure to lodge financial documents.

Now the new committee, elected at a public members meeting held on Wednesday night inside the hall, will be tasked with filing the missing financial statements before an AGM can be held early next year.

The meeting attracted almost 100 people and it was Declan McCallion who was named president of the committee, an announcement met with a loud cheer from many of the voters.

Representatives from the State Governments Office of Fair Trading oversaw the meeting where in between votes residents shared their memories of debutante balls, birthdays, weddings and RSL ceremonies.

Only one resident admitted to stealing their first kiss inside the hall while another shared his secret to seeing movies for free by opting to work as the projectionist, then peeking through the holes to see the screen.

During the meeting, the representatives from the Office of Fair Trading told residents about $90,000 was being held in the hall's bank account.

That cash is intended to cover costs for a range of maintenance works, including re-stumping the entire building, painting and fire proofing, with the total bill expected to come in at $100,000.

The interim committee

President

  • Declan McCallion

Secretary

  • Jason Readett

Treasurer

  • Gary Gibson

Committee

  • Maxwell Barnes
  • Diane Hart
  • Maria Neilson-Kjergaard


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