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    MEMORIES: From left, Bernard Noonan, Jennifer Noonan, Rosie Anson and Janet Heard reminisce at Noradjuha Hall as they prepare for its closure. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
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    Rosie Anson and Janet Heard, Jennifer Noonan and Bernard Noonan reminisce at Noradjuha Hall as they prepare to close the hall.

Hall closure the end of an era at Noradjuha

Noradjuha Memorial Hall has closed its doors, with a lack of use and disrepair cited as reasons.

Outgoing president Bernard Noonan said the hall, which opened in 1953, officially closed on February 20, when the hall’s contents and memorabilia were available for community members to collect – either for free or a donation to the Noradjuha Recreation Reserve committee of management.

“Seventy-one years ago when it was built it was the mecca of the district,” he said.

“Times have changed and people have left the distict. 

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“It’s the same with every district – farms are bigger, communities are smaller – and the hall doesn’t get used very much. It’s in a state of disrepair and it’s going to take a lot of money to bring it up to acceptable standard.”

Mr Noonan said the hall was well used from the 1950s to 1980s.

“The floor was put in for ballroom dancing and kitchen extensions done,” he said.

“In my earlier days here in the 1970s, when involved in the football club, there used to be a cabaret dinner once a month.”

Mr Noonan said after the current committee stood down and new committee members could not be found, the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action, DEECA, appointed three existing committee members for 12 months to see if they could revitalise the committee.

DEECA manages the hall because it is on Crown land, with the structure managed by Horsham Rural City Council.

“It has come to this after a lot of discussion with DEECA and the council,” Mr Nooan said.

“It’s a very sad story – but not uncommon.”

Mr Noonan acknowledged the great contributions previous community members made in caring for the hall.  

“In particular, we acknowledge Mrs Marj Northfield who was a committee member for many years, is still a resident of Noradjuha, and is 97 years old,” he said.

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