Bowral Memorial Hall

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Bowral Memorial Hall Project is being funded by Wingecarribee Shire Council as well as the Commonwealth, who are contributing $2.8 million. The Project Cost is in excess of $6 million.

The Bowral Memorial Hall building is part of a complex of buildings located at 20-24 Bendooley Street, Bowral.

It consists of a number of building elements constructed at various times over its long history. The Hall is fronted by the original School of Arts building - a two storey Queen Anne style public building constructed in 1884 with 1913 and 1920s alterations. In the mid 1920’s a hall was built behind and incorporated into the School of Arts building to form “Bowral Memorial Hall”. During the early 1960s a stage wing was incorporated into the eastern end of the hall with an annex along the southern side containing kitchen, amenities and a new building entry. The whole building was extensively remodelled and refurbished at this time.

The Bowral Memorial Hall is a building of significant importance to Council, Stakeholders/User Groups and the Public which utilise the facility as a fit for purpose multi-use asset. The refurbishment aims to support Council in meeting its obligations to the community by providing a contemporary environment to serve all.

Wingecarribee Shire Council has engaged Belmadar Pty Ltd to successfully deliver the Bowral Memorial Hall Refurbishment Project.

Progress updates from Belmadar, including photos can be found in the right hand column, along with updates in the News Feed below.

The project has experienced a number of delays due to the discovery of adverse site conditions which has extended the current completion date until March 2023.

Further information including internal alterations can be found on Council's website here.



Bowral Memorial Hall Project is being funded by Wingecarribee Shire Council as well as the Commonwealth, who are contributing $2.8 million. The Project Cost is in excess of $6 million.

The Bowral Memorial Hall building is part of a complex of buildings located at 20-24 Bendooley Street, Bowral.

It consists of a number of building elements constructed at various times over its long history. The Hall is fronted by the original School of Arts building - a two storey Queen Anne style public building constructed in 1884 with 1913 and 1920s alterations. In the mid 1920’s a hall was built behind and incorporated into the School of Arts building to form “Bowral Memorial Hall”. During the early 1960s a stage wing was incorporated into the eastern end of the hall with an annex along the southern side containing kitchen, amenities and a new building entry. The whole building was extensively remodelled and refurbished at this time.

The Bowral Memorial Hall is a building of significant importance to Council, Stakeholders/User Groups and the Public which utilise the facility as a fit for purpose multi-use asset. The refurbishment aims to support Council in meeting its obligations to the community by providing a contemporary environment to serve all.

Wingecarribee Shire Council has engaged Belmadar Pty Ltd to successfully deliver the Bowral Memorial Hall Refurbishment Project.

Progress updates from Belmadar, including photos can be found in the right hand column, along with updates in the News Feed below.

The project has experienced a number of delays due to the discovery of adverse site conditions which has extended the current completion date until March 2023.

Further information including internal alterations can be found on Council's website here.



  • Bowral Memorial Hall progress February 2022

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    Refurbishment works are progressing at Bowral Memorial Hall. Concrete has been poured into the main auditorium hall. Lift construction works have begun, and new sewer and drainage infrastructure have been installed.

    Next steps involve the installation of structural steelwork.

    On completion of this $6.5 million project, the hall will feature new air conditioning, sound, lighting and acoustic equipment. We’re also paying special attention to the building’s original heritage façade to ensure this grand old dame of Bowral is returned to her former glory.

    Works have continued rain, hail or shine but the discovery of adverse site conditions has caused a few delays. The expected completion date is now March 2023.

    More recent photos can be found in the Bowral Memorial Hall Refurbishment Stakeholder Communication February 2022.

  • Bowral Memorial Hall works progress

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    Here’s a sneak peek of works currently underway inside Bowral Memorial Hall.

    You can see our contractors are well advanced with the interior removal and demolition works.

    The timber flooring in the main auditorium has been removed along with all hazardous material, including lead dust and asbestos. We’ve also demolished the concrete slab and walls in the western toilet block and created new openings in the existing wall to suit the amended design.

    Demolition, excavation and construction works on the 137-year old building are set to continue with new walls and the placement of concrete slabs next on the list.

    On completion of this $6.5 million project, the hall will feature a new roof and lifts, upgraded kitchen and bathroom and access for all abilities. We’re also installing new air conditioning, sound, lighting and acoustic equipment.

    We’re also paying special attention to the building’s original heritage façade to ensure this grand old dame of Bowral is returned to her former glory.

    More recent photos can be found in the Bowral Hall Refurbishment Stakeholder Communication October 2021.

  • Green light for Bowral Memorial Hall refurbishment

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    MEDIA RELEASE : 26 May 2021

    Bowral Memorial Hall will be restored to its former glory following a decision by Council’s Interim Administrator to proceed with the building’s refurbishment.

    Mr Viv May endorsed the stage design modifications to further enhance unamplified musical performances at an Extraordinary Meeting held on Thursday 20 May 2021.

    The go-ahead for the refurbishments follows further consultation with the hall’s primary user groups and support from the project’s design consultant and acoustic engineer.

    The refurbishment works will be undertaken by Belmadar Pty Ltd who were awarded the tender by Council earlier in the year.

    The announcement of the successful tender followed an open market expression of interest period inviting applications from suitably qualified businesses. Five tenderers were subsequently short-listed based on demonstrated experience and methodology.

    As per the design brief the primary purpose of the refurbishment is to convert the existing hall space into a venue catering for unamplified music performances.

    The brief also purposely stipulates that the renovations improve the hall’s acoustics and expand the functionality of the venue to accommodate a wide range of conferences, cultural performances and community events.

    Other improvements include the installation of a new roof and lifts, upgraded kitchen and bathroom facilities and provision of access for all abilities. A new air conditioning system, sound and lighting equipment will also be added, and the building’s heritage façade will be protected and rejuvenated.

    The refurbishment works and modifications have been designed to meet current and future needs of patrons and hall users.

    The tender announcement follows a $2.8 million grant secured in 2020 from the Australian Government to renovate the hall.

    The funds secured from the Australian Government complement an existing $3.8 million Council has allocated towards the renovations as part of its existing Delivery Program and Operational Plan.

  • Council secures Australian Government funding

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    MEDIA RELEASE : 30 October 2020

    Wingecarribee Shire Council has secured $2.8 million in Australian Government funding to renovate Bowral Memorial Hall.

    Council’s Acting General Manager Barry Paull said the funds had been secured as part of the latest round of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

    “The funds are warmly welcomed and will now allow Council to start initial renovation preparations.”

    As part of the grant funding allocation of $2,805,423, monies are to be capped and split over two subsequent financial years.

    The funds secured from the Australian Government will be added to the existing $3.7 million Council had already allocated towards the renovations as part of the 2020/21 Operational Plan and Budget.

    Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Duncan Gair said on completion the building would once again become a premier performance and entertainment destination.

    “By pooling the grant monies with Council’s existing allocation of funds, we’ll revitalise Bowral Memorial Hall to its former glory,” he said.

    The redevelopment of the hall will include structural upgrades to the existing building including the installation of a new roof and lifts, upgrading the kitchen and bathroom facilities and providing access for all abilities. Other improvements will include the installation of a new air conditioning system, sound and lighting equipment, upgraded seating and improved building acoustics. Heritage elements including the building façade will also be protected and rejuvenated.

    “On completion the rejuvenated hall will be able to accommodate a wide range of cultural events, particularly unamplified musical performances, conferences and community events,” the Mayor said.

    “I have no doubt that once the renovations are complete the venue will once again become a major drawcard for local and touring productions.”

    Following the Ordinary Council Meeting of 28 October 2020, it was resolved that a short-list of five companies will be invited to submit a tender for the delivery of the refurbishment project.

    The announcement of funds for the hall follows further recent multi-million-dollar grants secured by Council for improvement works on Old South Road, Eridge Park Road and preliminary investigations into the Moss Vale Bypass Project.

    “I’ve been advocating for the upgrade of Bowral Memorial Hall for a number of years and this latest funding announcement is testimony of the Australian Government’s confidence in our Shire,” the Mayor added. “I applaud the staff of Council for securing these funds.”

    “I also thank the Federal Member for Whitlam, Stephen Jones MP for his continued backing of our Shire and for recognising the importance of investing in projects that support local businesses during these difficult times.”

    The redevelopment of Bowral Memorial Hall is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2021.

  • Architectural drawings

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    Check out the detail of architectural drawings in the Document Library.


  • Funding a step closer

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    UPDATE - Unfortunately we were unsuccessful with this grant application.

    Council’s application to the Regional Cultural Fund for the redevelopment of Bowral Memorial Hall has been shortlisted. We were advised that our project was chosen from a very competitive field of applications. Council will now develop the additional documentation required for Stage 2 of the application process.

    The deadline for Stage 2 submissions is in early April 2018 so we expect to know the final outcome of the application towards the end of April 2018.

    In anticipation of being awarded the grant, plans for access to the Hall over the next 2 years are being put in place to ensure current and potential hirers are aware of the project. The Bowral Memorial Hall will continue to be available for bookings up until 31 January 2019. It is intended that the Hall would then be closed for the works to be carried out from 1 February 2019 – 31 January 2020.

    Council will continue to keep the community updated on further progress as news come to hand.

  • Development Application exhibition

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    A development application (DA) has been submitted by Wingecarribee Shire Council for the redevelopment of Bowral Memorial Hall. A closing date for submissions will be notified soon once submissions are invited as part of the formal DA exhibition process.

    The DA materials can be viewed in Council’s DA Tracker at www.wsc.nsw.gov.au and at the Moss Vale Civic Centre. Look for DA No. 17/1174

    Submissions may be addressed to the General Manager, Wingecarribee Shire Council, PO Box 141, Moss Vale 2577. A disclosure statement of Political Donations and Gifts must accompany the submission.

    Learn more

    Displays and fact sheets have been prepared to provide additional information about the project. These and the DA documents can be viewed in the online document library and the Civic Centre in Moss Vale as well as Bowral and Mittagong libraries.

    Council staff will be on hand to answer questions and distribute information at a kiosk which will be held in the foyer of the Bowral Memorial Hall. Pop in and learn more at the following times:

    • 4pm to 6pm - Tuesday 26 September 2017
    • 10am to 12noon - Thursday 28 September 2017
    • 10am to 12noon - Saturday 7 October 2017
  • DA submitted for Bowral Memorial Hall transformation

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    Submissions about the development application will be sought until 15 November 2017.

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    MEDIA RELEASE issued 28 September 2017

    BOWRAL MEMORIAL HALL PLANS ON EXHIBITION

    Bowral Memorial Hall Artists Impression

    Detailed plans to transform Bowral Memorial Hall into a modern concert hall for music are now on public exhibition.

    The plans detail the scope of the proposed $3.4 million project including internal re-development and structural upgrades to the existing hall.

    Council’s Cultural Development Officer Jenny Kena gave a brief overview of the project.

    “Bowral Memorial Hall and the adjacent School of Arts building have long been cherished venues for concert goers and performers,” she said.

    “But after years of faithful service it really is in need of a make-over to bring it up to modern standards.”

    Following Council’s decision in 2015 that the primary purpose of the facility should be as a concert hall for music, major elements of the re-development will include a fit-out of modern sound, acoustic and lighting equipment. Provision of more flexible seating arrangements and increased storage and exhibition space will also be incorporated in the re-development. Other improvements will include the installation of environmentally-friendly lighting and insulation and the addition of a ticketing office and modern kitchen facilities.

    “Importantly, the upgrades will also improve the existing fire safety provisions and access for people with disability,” Jenny said.

    Plans and fact sheets of the proposed re-development can be found online from Council’s dedicated community engagement website www.yoursaywingecarribee.com.au or at the Bowral and Mittagong Libraries and Council’s Moss Vale Civic Centre.

    A temporary Information Kiosk will also operate on site in the foyer of the hall providing visitors with an opportunity to speak to staff of Council. These dates will be:

    • Tuesday 26 September from 4pm to 6pm
    • Thursday 28 September from 10am to 12 noon, and
    • Saturday 7 October from 10am to 12 noon.

    A Development Application (DA) has been submitted and a closing date for submissions will be advertised shortly. The project is slated to be undertaken during the 2019/20 financial year.

    “We encourage any interested persons to log on or pop-in and view the plans for themselves,” Ms Kena added.

    “We believe these improvements will breathe new life into this historic building and provide our Shire’s guests and artists with a premier music venue for many years to come.”

    For more information contact Council’s Cultural Development Officer on phone 4868 0855.


    Link to DA tracker http://www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/da-tracker

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