Cowaramup Hall to receive major $400,000 upgrade

Overhaul: The upgrade will include anew commercial kitchen, upgrades to entryways and ramps, new toilets and sewerage works.
Overhaul: The upgrade will include anew commercial kitchen, upgrades to entryways and ramps, new toilets and sewerage works.

A successful Lotterywest Grant application is set to provide for over $400,000 in upgrades works to the historical Cowaramup Hall.

The hall, which was built in 1930, is owned by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River and is used for community events, social functions and by sporting groups. 

The funds will provide for:

  • accessibility improvements including wider doors, accessible ramps, signage
  • a new commercial kitchen
  • some upgrades to the surrounding public open space, including footpath upgrades, drinking fountain and lighting around the skate park.
A ball held in the Cowaramup Hall during the 1930s, shortly after it was opened. Photo: Margaret River & Districts Historical Society

A ball held in the Cowaramup Hall during the 1930s, shortly after it was opened. Photo: Margaret River & Districts Historical Society

In addition to the grant-funded works, the Shire will also construct a deep sewer connections to the Hall and the nearby ablution block, decommission the current septic system and make the space available for public use, and refurbish and extend the existing ablution block to provide one additional male cubicle, two additional female cubicles and a new accessible toilet. 

Shire Community Development Officer Jessica Black said awarding of the grant was a huge win for the community.

“The grant will help to preserve and beautiful and much-loved community building,” she said.

“Once the works are complete it will also be a much more user-friendly building by a wider range of community members and groups. We look forward to the end result.”

The Cowaramup Hall is often filled with locals celebrating an event or displaying their wares at various markets as well as the DejaMoo festival each year.

The Cowaramup Hall is often filled with locals celebrating an event or displaying their wares at various markets as well as the DejaMoo festival each year.

“The Shire thanks Lotterywest for their support of the Cowaramup Hall’s improvements project and other regional community projects,” Ms Black said.

“A special mention must be made to Neil Earl and Jill Turton from Cowaramup Hall Reserves and Residents Association for their contribution and ongoing support to local community groups and the Hall’s operations.

“Thank you also to all those who sent letters of support for this project.”

It is anticipated that request for tender will be advertised in September and physical work will commence early in the next calendar year.