VIDEO: Seniors protest plan to move Pialba Memorial Hall
EIGHT passionate Hervey Bay seniors stood outside Pialba Memorial Hall on Thursday afternoon to voice their concerns about the 100-year-old hall's future.
With only a week left to express their opinions, the group of local men and women gathered outside the hall to let people know they did not want the hall to be moved.
Former Navy officer Geoff Skerritt was one of the people standing against the possible removal or relocation of the hall and former railway station.
He said the combination of both buildings made up a large part of Hervey Bay's history.
"It's so important to keep the two buildings together because the soldiers would say goodbye to their loved ones in the hall and then catch the train from the station before going to war - some of them never to return," Mr Skerritt said.
"We don't have a lot of 100-year-old buildings left here in Hervey Bay and no one wants to pay $5 to go and see it in a museum.
"This is part of our heritage and we've grown up as children with this hall and the veteran's railway station."
The Memorial Hall is still being used by people today - Annie Bradbury uses the space to teach her line dancing classes.
"I've been teaching classes there for 15 years and it's how I make a large majority of my income," Ms Bradbury said.
"If the hall disappears then I don't know how I'm going to make enough money to get by."
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the Hervey Bay CBD Urban Renewal Master Plan draft was on public exhibition for people to have their say until April 17.
"At this stage it is a draft plan.
"We encourage residents to read the plan and make submissions on what they like or suggest changes. We welcome all feedback."
Have your say
- Comments on the draft plan can be lodged on the Council's website, emailed to enquiry@ frasercoast.qld.gov.au or posted PO Box 1943