Community > Town Hall Redevelopment Project
For bookings for the 500-seat auditorium, the town hall and associated spaces, please contact:
Venue Manager, 03 5382 9592
Visit the website at www.horshamtownhall.com.au and see how you can be involved in this exciting new era of arts, culture and community in Horsham.
Bird's Eye View #3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OltxbTjSrTw
Newsletter January 2016 (Last One)
Launch of Website and Community Fundraising Appeal
The Horsham Town Hall website and community fundraising appeal was launched on 10 September 2014 at a gala event which included a performance by Horsham-born national musical theatre star, Alex Rathgeber. Visit the website at www.horshamtownhall.com.au and see how you can be involved in this exciting new era of arts, culture and community in Horsham.
Alex Rathgeber https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V9LS_DP_c0
Former Horsham residents who are now nationally acclaimed performers and technicians provided video messages of support. Mark Henstridge, Technical Director for Disney Theatre Productions Australia, delivered his message from backstage of the Lion King, the production he is currently working on. And, renowned pianist Linda O'Brien, who also grew up in Horsham provided a video message encouraging the community to support the project. Both Mark and Linda spoke of the wonderful start Horsham provided to their creative education and careers, and expressed hope that the Horsham Town Hall will provide even better opportunities for many more young people in the future.
Watch their videos here...
Mark Henstridge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THfMVOhn9SE
Linda O'Brien http://youtu.be/pJyyJHZSNS0
Time Lapse Camera
A time lapse camera has been capturing progress on site. Click on the image below to see the slideshow.
Watch a video of the Horsham Town Hall Redevelopment project.
Redevelopment of the Horsham Town Hall and Regional Art Gallery is underway. Work commenced in January 2014 and is expected to be completed in mid-2015.
The Hon. Hugh Delahunty, Member for Lowan, turned the first sod at an official ceremony on 12 February 2014.
Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty with Mayor of Horsham Rural City Council Cr David Grimble and Project Manager from Kane Constructions, Peter Mann using the 1867 ceremonial shovel to turn the first sod.
Refurbishment of the heritage listed Town Hall and Regional Art Gallery
Constructed in 1938 and listed on the Victorian Heritage Register in 2011, the Town Hall will be refurbished. There will be no structural change to the Town Hall.
The view from Wilson Street
The Horsham Regional Art Gallery, housed within the heritage-listed building will benefit from extensive refurbishments and improvements to hanging space, education space and collection storage.
The new part of the project will be the construction of an auditorium behind the current building, facing Pynsent Street.
The view from Pynsent Street
The redevelopment will include a space where a café will be situated in the future. It will be leased to a commercial operator. Until that stage, the space will be available for community use, for example for meetings, functions, pop-up shops or short-term exhibitions.
Ground Floor - Floorplan
First Floor - Floorplan
Economic modelling of the project’s benefits indicates that the investment during construction phase alone will see a rise in demand for goods and services in Horsham worth more than $13 million. This will be accompanied by flow on consumption (a proportion of wages paid to people working on the project which will be captured by the local economy) worth $5.5 million.
The redevelopment is being funded by State and Federal Government grants, combined with local fundraising and a contribution from Council.
A walking tour highlighting changes, refurbishments and additions was held on 17 April 2013. Notes from the tour can be downloaded here.
You can also view video footage of the Horsham Town Hall Redevelopment Project on YouTube.
Social Documentary Horsham Town Hall | 75 Years of Memories
The Horsham Town Hall has been the social hub for the Wimmera community for the last 75 years. 'Horsham Town Hall - 75 Years of Memories' is a documentary project undertaken in 2013 to capture stories of the past. It was funded by the Australian Government's Your Community Heritage Program. Copies of the DVD are available to purchase at the Customer Service Desk at Horsham Rural City Council, Horsham Regional Art Gallery and Horsham Visitor Information Centre for $15 each.