Vibrancy project takes hall into its second century

An area which commemorates the Scenic Rim's past is assured of its future as a community hub following Council's completion of works at the Tamborine Memorial Hall precinct.

The improvements to the area surrounding the hall on Tamborine-Waterford Road represent another milestone in Council's Vibrant and Active Towns and Villages initiative, co-funded by Council and the State Government.

Deputy Mayor and Division 2 Councillor Nadia O'Carroll said innovative civil design and landscaping, which included construction of a plinth for a war memorial cenotaph, saluted the history of the Tamborine Memorial Hall.

Project works included the construction of 46 sealed car parking spaces and shared areas, concrete footpaths, an electrical upgrade and landscaping with the extension of a lawn area for community events, and the planting of groundcovers, new shade trees and native species.

"These infrastructure improvements recognise the heritage of the hall and the identity of local residents and add value to the community by drawing visitors to the area and bringing locals together," Cr O'Carroll said.

A cenotaph commemorating the service of locals from World War One onwards, in wartime and peace-keeping operations, will be erected on the plinth constructed as part of the program of works.

Cr O'Carroll said the Tamborine Memorial Hall, which was built to honour those who served in World War One and hosted its first community event in December 1919, was very much at the heart of the village of Tamborine.

"Since its establishment in 1919, the hall has been rebuilt, relocated, and renovated and the works carried out on its surrounds as part of Council's Vibrant and Active Towns and Villages initiative will further add to its sense of place in the Tamborine community," Cr O'Carroll said.

"The monthly markets and annual events such as the Christmas carols are seeing the almost century-old hall is becoming increasingly a focal point for community development and engagement.

"The use of the hall reflects the good and bad times of the local community, from weddings and community celebrations to its service as an evacuation centre during ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie earlier this year."