Request for return of Gerringong 'town hall'

Gerringong Town Hall in the middle of a major upgrade. Darrell Clingan, Margaret Sharpe and Bryan Whittaker. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Gerringong Town Hall in the middle of a major upgrade. Darrell Clingan, Margaret Sharpe and Bryan Whittaker. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Moves are under way to correct a historical wrong that reportedly saw the Gerringong Town Hall officially stripped of its town hall status.

The "biggest building in town at the top of the main street" has recently undergone a $250,000 upgrade.

In June, Margaret Sharpe, who is the publicity officer for the Gerringong and District Historical Society, told the Mercury that not long after the amalgamation of Gerringong, Kiama and Jamberoo councils in 1954 the large "town hall" letters were taken down from the front of the building.

Mrs Sharpe said as the council administrative centre had shifted to Kiama, the town hall building was no longer "officially" used for council purposes, forcing the removal of the large letters.

Kiama councillors have backed calls from Gerringong's South Precinct committee to investigate having the letters restored to the building, perhaps replacing the clock, which has a reputation for giving an incorrect time.

Far from being an attempt to start a "secessionist movement", the South Precinct committee said it was a pragmatic issue of helping visitors to Gerringong easily locate the building.

Kiama council's director of engineering and works Bryan Whittaker said the issue would need to be researched by council staff and a report brought back for council determination "if in fact if we were able to do that as it is no longer officially a town hall".

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