Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Hundreds of Mid Murray residents have already shown their support for plans to reopen the historic Mannum Institute for community use, and consultation on the facility closes on 30 November 2018.
More than 330 people took up the Mid Murray Council’s invitation to inspect the 136-year-old building (across three open days in October) as part of its extensive community consultation efforts to determine future uses for the premises.
Formally purchased by the Council in August 2018 for $180,000, the building had been in private ownership since 1974.
Mid Murray Council Mayor Dave Burgess said the community’s response to the consultation phase so far had been exceptional, and he expected to hear from many more over the coming two weeks.
“To have more than 330 people come through on the open days shows how important the Mannum Institute is to our community,” Mayor Burgess says.
“We are hopeful that as many residents as possible will take the opportunity to share their thoughts and visions for the future of this iconic main street building.”
This significant building has a bright future as it is returned to its former glory through the repair works Council has planned.
“For more than a century this building was at the heart of community celebrations - from dances, weddings and farewells to concerts and even as a picture theatre. We are delighted that it will again become a significant meeting point for the Mannum community,” Mayor Burgess says.
A 10-year repair plan will be developed to guide the priority of structural repairs and other remediation works needed to improve the safety and usability of the institute.
The Council is working with key community groups including the Mannum Progress Association and the Mannum History Group to seek their views on future uses for the building. It also wants to hear ideas from local residents, with consultation open until 5pm on Friday, 30 November 2018.
Feedback from the consultation process will be used by the Council as it considers the short, medium and long-term uses of the rooms within the Mannum Institute.
For more information about the Mannum Institute, or to have your say on its future, visit Council’s website
The Mannum Institute has held a prominent place in the town’s main street for 136 years. Originally built as a single-storey building in 1882, it was upgraded and expanded in 1910-11 as the then Mannum Institute Committee decided to add a second storey featuring a concert hall and large balcony to reflect the town’s prosperity. The balcony was replaced with a more modest version following the 1956 floods.