Inverell Town Hall
The Inverell Town Hall opened in 1905. For decades, residents had waited for such a public hall and they celebrated in style with an official dinner, concert and ball. This grand building, with elaborate Victorian architectural features, was designed by Gordon McKinnon. Local brick maker George Nott built the hall close to the site of the original 1868 Town Hall.
The area now known as the annex, became the headquarters of Inverell Municipal Council and there was space for a tiny public library. Visiting public entertainment took place nearly every week in the Town Hall's early years. Several Governors, Prime Ministers and other prominent people have attended meetings or functions here. Nationally renowned performers and hundreds of other local people of all ages have participated in concerts, eisteddfods and plays.
The Hall has also been used as a cinema, polling place, boxing venue, school speech nights, flower shows, balls and opera. Thousands of dollars have been raised by service clubs through functions held in the hall, all for the benefit of our community.
In 2014, extensive renovations to the tune of $1.75M were completed on the Hall. This involved:
- Installing reverse cycle air conditioning
- A commercial kitchen
- An extended stage and a lift to the stage
- New sound and lighting system
- A revamp of all amenities in the Hall, and
- New seating
Also as part of the redevelopment of the Hall, six beautiful chandeliers that were originally from Inverell's former Capitol Theatre were installed in the Hall and the 1930's art-deco style was retained and enhanced in the foyer. A grand re-opening of the Town Hall was held on Saturday, 15 March, 2014 with a Gala Broadway themed formal black tie affair which featured local talent during the first half of the program, followed by multi award winning musical theatre and cabaret performer Wayne Scott Kermond.
Applying to Hire the Inverell Town Hall
The Inverell Town Hall is Inverell's Premier Cultural and Performance Theatre/Venue. It is available for hire, subject to Council's approval, for the conduct of Cultural Events and Performances, Meetings, Conferences and other low risk events as determined by Council. The approval for the hire of the Town Hall is at Council's sole discretion.
An Inverell Town Hall Hire Application Form MUST be completed by every applicant/organisation wishing to utilise the hall. The Hire Application Form can also be obtained from Council's Administration Office, 144 Otho Street, Inverell 2360, by phoning (02) 6728 8288.
Upon review of your application, you will be advised in writing of the outcome and should your booking be approved a quote will be provided. If your booking is approved, you are required to read and understand and sign a Town Hall Hire Agreement.
|Inverell Town Hall Hire Application Form|
Fees & Charges
Fees are fixed annually by Council at the end of each financial year. A Security Deposit applies to ALL events and is to be paid at the time of returning the Hire Agreement. The bond is refundable following an inspection of the hall by Council staff, and is subject to deduction for cost of any damage which may occur to the hall or equipment as a result of use of the hall. A deduction may also be made if the hall is not left in the same condition as it was at the commencement of hiring.
Further, the bond is only fully refunded if the hall is left in a clean and tidy state after hiring and the keys/swipe card returned. Any tentative booking for which a deposit has not been paid, may without notice, be superseded by a booking for which a deposit is offered. The balance of any outstanding hire fees is to be paid 10 days prior to the event.
|Current Council Fees & Charges|
Inverell Town Hall - Other Information
Location: The Inverell Town Hall is located on the corner of Otho and Evans Street, Inverell.
Parking: On-street parking is available in Evans street or in Turnham Carpark which is located on the corner of Campbell and Evans street (adjacent to Town Hall). Turnham Carpark is an all day free parking zone.
Tables and Chairs (no additional charge): There are 50 tables and 210 chairs available for set up to meet your own needs, subject to regulations.
Hall Layout: Please download the Inverell Town Hall Site Plan below which provides the layout and a key of hireable areas within the hall.
|Inverell Town Hall Site Plan|
Seating Capacity: The Hall seats a total of 502. Consisting of 435 in the Main Hall, 92 in the Gallery, 200 in retractable seating, 140 floor seating and 70 in the Annex. Please download the Inverell Town Hall Capacity Seating Plan below
|Inverell Town Hall Capacity Seating Plan|
Amenities: The amenities in the hall are located in the foyer. There are three (3) male toilets, four (4) female toilets and one (1) disabled access toilet. There are also two (2) toilets located backstage, one (1) adjoinging each change room.
Kitchen (fees apply): The kitchen contains a "Bain Marie", gas cookers, refrigerator, freezer, zip hot water system, microwave and dishwasher. Crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils are NOT provided.
Air-Conditioning (fees apply): Air-conditioning of the Hall, Annex, North Lodge and or South Lodge is available.
Coolroom/Bar (fees apply): Facilities include temprite and coolroom. The Bar has a double door fridge, dishwasher, sink and microwave. Organisation of supplies including staff, beer, gas and plastic cups etc is the responsibility of the hirer.
Grand Piano/tuning (fees apply): The Grand Piano and tuning is available for events.
Lighting Desk & PA System (no additional charge): The lighting desk and PA system are available for events.
Rehersals/Set Up and Decorating (fees apply): Arrangements can be made for preparations or rehearsals prior to an event, or for removal of equipment after an event. Care is to be taken when decorating to avoid damage, no adhesive tape is permitted to be used. There a four (4) pinboards on wheels available at the Hall for this purpose.
Insurance: The hirer may be required to have public liability insurance for a minimum amount of $10M. A copy of the Policy must be provided to Council if requested. (Note: Casual Hirers Liability Insurance is available to any person, or group of persons (not being a sporting body, club, association, corporation or incorporated body), who hire the hall for non-commercial or non-profit making purposes, less frequently than once per calendar month or twelve times per calendar year).
Food and Drink: If Liquor is being consumed, an application for a Liquor Licence must be completed and submitted to the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing at least 28 days prior to the proposed event. Food and Drink is not to be consumed in the tiered seating or gallery areas with the exception of bottled water, bottled or canned soft drink, lollies or chips. Hirers will be responsible for the payment of additional cleaning charges if food or drink is spilt on the tiered seating or gallery chairs and carpet which requires additional cleaning. Hot beverages and liquor are not to be consumed in the tiered seating or gallery areas.
Cleaning: It is the responsibility of the hirer to ensure the hall is in a clean and tidy state and furniture is returned to the position in which they were stored at the commencement of hire. Council staff will inspect the hall before and after the event. In most cases, sweeping of the floor will be adequate. However, if the floor has been badly soiled, it may be necessary for it to be mopped.
|An image of a performance on stage at the Town Hall in 1960 and an outside view of the Hall in the early 1900's.|
|An image taken from the gallery overlooking the newly refurbished Hall in 2014 where the retractable seating is visable. On the right is the enhanced 1930's style art-deco foyer which highlights the beautiful chandeliers that once were a part of Inverell's former Capitol Theatre.|