Willalo Hall

Accommodation type  This facility is no longer available for overnight accommodation
Guidebook map  Southern Guidebook, chapter 6, map 9
Grid reference 938 972
Latitude -33.4431920000
Longitude 138.7828520000
Please note This hut is no longer available for hikers. The water tank was previously maintained for walkers, however the tank is expected to be removed early 2012. The hall is in poor condition, it is anticipated that it will eventually be demolished.
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sneaky
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 09 1:42pm 
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Are there any ambitions for the Friends of the Heysen Trail to purchase/maintain this hall for overnight accommodation?

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REGIONAL COUNCIL OF GOYDER Council Agenda 21-12-04

7.1.1.4 Willalo Hall
File Ref: 16/30/1

The Willalo Hall is currently not in use by the Community and an approach has been made regarding the future of the Hall. Council currently pay $77.00 per year to insure the building and contents. Mr. Rob Sullivan is currently looking after the Hall as the Hall Committee is no longer active.

The Hall is situated on Crown land under the care and control of Council and is listed on our Community Land Register. Any decision regarding the future of the Hall would require a public consultation process.

The two options currently being discussed are as follows :
- Demolition of the Hall
- Leasing/sale of the Hall to the Friends of the Heysen Trail.

As the Hall is no longer in use by the community, it is suggested that the Asset Manager liaise with Mr. Rob Sullivan with a view to contacting the Friends of the Heysen Trail to offer the Hall for their use or to demolish the Hall.


RECOMMENDATION
(1) That Council authorise the Asset Manager to liaise with Mr. Rob Sullivan on the future use of the Willalo Hall.
(2) That, once the future of the Willalo Hall has been confirmed, the Asset Manager proceed with a public consultation process which will be reported to Council on completion.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 11 10:45am 
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No update on Willalo Hall?
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jez
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 11 11:34am 
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Back in 2007 the hall was set to be demolished. It survived at least a couple of years beyond that, is it still there now?

Will ask around, curious as to why the opportunity wasn't taken up.

It is also on the Mawson Trail.
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Julian
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 11 11:58am 
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I can't add anything more really. Was earmarked for demolition. I was President in 2004 and am unaware of any approach to us about taking it on, not the demolition, the maintenance etc.
I haven't looked at it for years so would need to survey it with one of our licenced builder maintainers to see if it's something we could take on.
Frankly, I doubt it as we are looking at renovating White Park north of Wirrabara and that's a big project.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 12 1:32pm 
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sneaky, the water tank will be removed in the next couple of months and relocated elsewhere, probably to supplement a water tank at an existing campsite.

The Friends are undertaking a program to construct 11 new shelters and water tanks. Four have already been erected down south, more will be rolled out further north throughout the year.
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sneaky
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 7, 12 3:46pm 
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Fair enough.

Seems a shame to lose. Hopefully the land may be retained and made available for campers still.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 7, 12 3:53pm 
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sneaky wrote:
Seems a shame to lose.


It does indeed, but as a voluntary organisation with limited funds I'm sure you can appreciate that we need to carefully pick what projects we undertake. The hall is not ideally located and is in very poor condition.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 5, 12 1:30pm 
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Just wanted to know if this 'property' is still available for public access camping.

I was planning on stopping over here for a night on my Mawson trip. Will have my own supplies in my BOB, and sleeping in my swag under a tree. I'd hoped to avoid stopping short at Hallet or 'pushing' on over the hill to Spalding.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 5, 12 2:02pm 
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Hey darkmaze, have emailed you.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 7, 12 7:17am 
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I visited the hall a few weeks ago on a rece for our walk.
Water tank was full and tap works
Toilets were full of rubbish
Hall was open but I would not sleep inside .it was filthy and you would share with the local rodents.
I spoke to three farmers who were fixing a fence opposite.
They said there was no objection to camping there, in fact welcomed it.
One farmer (can't remember his name), large land owner in Willalo,and went to school for seven years in the hall said that the hall will not be demolished while he is around.
He also said that the was closed by the council because of Perceived asbestos problems. The hall appeared to be structurally sound (I was a builder in a previous life).
Maybe it is time to revisit this as a project ( maybe with Mawson
Trail people) especially as it has water and toilets and it has community support now that White Park has been delayed.
A minor re route would send the trail past the hall.
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