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MEDIA RELEASE - Facelift for iconic Portland Hall

13 October 2021

One of Portland’s most iconic public buildings will receive a minor facelift as part of upcoming restoration and maintenance works.

The Drill Hall, located along Bentinck Street, will receive a new coat of paint and minor associated works as part of the Glenelg Shire Council’s maintenance and heritage program.

Glenelg Shire Acting Director Assets Chris Saunders advised community members that the Drill Hall would be unavailable for public use from 18 October through to the end of the year as a result of the works.

“Residents passing through Portland’s CBD will notice a hive of activity at the Drill Hall over the next few months, and community bookings will unfortunately not be taken,” he explained.

“Temporary fencing will be in place around the precinct as local contractors Lindsey Builders and Bluewater Painting undertake these important works which will ensure the Drill Hall continues to remain inviting and user-friendly for generations to come, and a key community space.

“Many may not know the significance and heritage value of the Drill Hall building, which was constructed in 1887.

“Throughout its long history it has served a role in the defence of Portland during the late colonial period, operated as a textile factory, was a public gathering place and function hall for dances and gatherings and also a community sport venue.

“The Hall was purchased by Council in 1971 and is now an integral part of Portland’s civic precinct. We look forward to the completion of these works and the many benefits it will provide our community in the long term.”

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