Earlier this year protesters gathered outside the Pialba Memorial Hall to oppose a plan to move it.
Earlier this year protesters gathered outside the Pialba Memorial Hall to oppose a plan to move it. Eliza Wheeler

Plan from 20 years ago might solve hall dispute

A FORMER Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch president has suggested using plans made almost 20 years ago as a compromise for the fight over Pialba Memorial Hall.

Maurie Lock said the issue of whether or not the hall and Veterans' Train Station should be moved was debated in 1997.

Mr Lock said the "Pialba City Heart" plan to move the hall and train station further west of the park could be the answer everyone was looking for.

"At that time we wanted the railway station to be moved further to the left near the shops and to put the hall beside it," he said.

"I don't want it to be torn down or put in the museum and I empathise with the older people who did their romping and stomping in that hall."

Mr Lock said he wanted the buildings to be used and remembered, but believed moving them further west in the park would open up the space.

He said he understood the passion of the people who wanted to buildings to stay where they were.

"We nearly got lynched moving the train station to where it is now, but I wish we had moved it back another 30 feet to fit the hall next to it," he said.

"Hindsight is a wonderful thing."