Tyagarah Hall - Looking at future management options

Picture of Tyagarah Hall near the Tyagarah airfield in the Byron Shire.

Tyagarah Hall is a very small hall located near the Tyagarah Airfield. It can accommodate approximately 35 people sitting and 70 people standing.

Council is currently looking at future management options for the hall. Should it be leased or should it be managed by a Council Section 355 Management Committee. If you have an interest in this hall we'd love you to take our survey click here. BEFORE you do the survey it is important that you read the following information to enable you to answer all the questions.

HISTORY

The Tyagarah Hall, according to local folklore, was built by the community of Tyagarah-Myocum in the early 1900’s. (There is a TROVE record that dates back to 1911 mentioning a School of Arts Hall at Tyagarah.)

In 1982, the then Commissioner of Main Roads appropriated the land to build the Pacific Highway. At that time, the Hall was relocated to its current position near the Tyagarah Airstrip, which is on Council operational land, zoned RU2 – Rural Landscape.

The Hall was managed by the Myocum-Tyagarah Hall Committee under lease with Byron Shire Council to 1988. There is no record of a lease after this until the Tyagarah Hall Committee and Progress Association Inc, who were managing the hall, voted to hand the building back to Council in October 2005.

Following a series of parties, in October 2006 when a large party held at the hall resulted in property damage (including surrounding buildings), theft and anti-social behaviour resulting in assault, the neighbours to the hall requested Council act and the hall was closed.

The Council at the time decided to call for Expressions of Interest (EoI) to occupy the hall and between 2007 and 2018 it was leased for approximately four years, raising $7,000 per annum. One lessee spent considerable money in upgrading the hall and installing an accessible ramp. It was also unoccupied for many years.

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS SURVEY?

In 2018 Council called for Expressions of Interest for people and businesses interested in leasing the hall.

When considering the results of the EOI process, which included an offer of a lease to the value of $10,000/year, Council decided to see if there was community interest in volunteers establishing a Section 355 Management Committee for the ongoing management of the hall.

In order to answer the following questions, some facts are needed to inform your decisions:

  • The hall’s capacity is estimated to be approximately 35 people seated and 70 people standing, which means there will be a limit to group numbers for activities.
  • Council need to consider the local community safety and care of property and due to its location, some activities will be limited at the hall (for example, parties).
  • Due to the halls’ location, consideration needs to be made to attracting people to travel to the hall for activities.
  • There are currently 12 Section 355 Management Committees across the Shire managing halls and venues on behalf of Council. Based on Council’s experience, a minimum income of $5,000 per year would be needed to be raised from hall hire to maintain the hall to an acceptable level for use by the community.
  • Council has Halls and Venues Guidelines for Section 355 Management Committees and Boards which outline the parameters of how halls are managed on behalf of Council. Briefly, in order to establish a Section 355 Management Committee:
    • Between 4 and 9 committee volunteers will be needed to fulfill the positions of Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Maintenance Officer and Bookings Officer. Each committee has a Councillor Representative.
    • Section 355 committee meetings are usually held monthly with minutes provided to Council to be publicly available on Council’s website.
    • The treasurer collects the hire income and remits this to Council on a monthly basis. Similarly, hall expenditure on maintenance is remitted to Council on a monthly basis for reimbursement.
    • There is a process for the Bookings Officer and Maintenance Officer to follow in executing their volunteer role, with Council providing supports and tools.

Take the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Tyagarah_Hall


Tyagarah Hall is a very small hall located near the Tyagarah Airfield. It can accommodate approximately 35 people sitting and 70 people standing.

Council is currently looking at future management options for the hall. Should it be leased or should it be managed by a Council Section 355 Management Committee. If you have an interest in this hall we'd love you to take our survey click here. BEFORE you do the survey it is important that you read the following information to enable you to answer all the questions.

HISTORY

The Tyagarah Hall, according to local folklore, was built by the community of Tyagarah-Myocum in the early 1900’s. (There is a TROVE record that dates back to 1911 mentioning a School of Arts Hall at Tyagarah.)

In 1982, the then Commissioner of Main Roads appropriated the land to build the Pacific Highway. At that time, the Hall was relocated to its current position near the Tyagarah Airstrip, which is on Council operational land, zoned RU2 – Rural Landscape.

The Hall was managed by the Myocum-Tyagarah Hall Committee under lease with Byron Shire Council to 1988. There is no record of a lease after this until the Tyagarah Hall Committee and Progress Association Inc, who were managing the hall, voted to hand the building back to Council in October 2005.

Following a series of parties, in October 2006 when a large party held at the hall resulted in property damage (including surrounding buildings), theft and anti-social behaviour resulting in assault, the neighbours to the hall requested Council act and the hall was closed.

The Council at the time decided to call for Expressions of Interest (EoI) to occupy the hall and between 2007 and 2018 it was leased for approximately four years, raising $7,000 per annum. One lessee spent considerable money in upgrading the hall and installing an accessible ramp. It was also unoccupied for many years.

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS SURVEY?

In 2018 Council called for Expressions of Interest for people and businesses interested in leasing the hall.

When considering the results of the EOI process, which included an offer of a lease to the value of $10,000/year, Council decided to see if there was community interest in volunteers establishing a Section 355 Management Committee for the ongoing management of the hall.

In order to answer the following questions, some facts are needed to inform your decisions:

  • The hall’s capacity is estimated to be approximately 35 people seated and 70 people standing, which means there will be a limit to group numbers for activities.
  • Council need to consider the local community safety and care of property and due to its location, some activities will be limited at the hall (for example, parties).
  • Due to the halls’ location, consideration needs to be made to attracting people to travel to the hall for activities.
  • There are currently 12 Section 355 Management Committees across the Shire managing halls and venues on behalf of Council. Based on Council’s experience, a minimum income of $5,000 per year would be needed to be raised from hall hire to maintain the hall to an acceptable level for use by the community.
  • Council has Halls and Venues Guidelines for Section 355 Management Committees and Boards which outline the parameters of how halls are managed on behalf of Council. Briefly, in order to establish a Section 355 Management Committee:
    • Between 4 and 9 committee volunteers will be needed to fulfill the positions of Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Maintenance Officer and Bookings Officer. Each committee has a Councillor Representative.
    • Section 355 committee meetings are usually held monthly with minutes provided to Council to be publicly available on Council’s website.
    • The treasurer collects the hire income and remits this to Council on a monthly basis. Similarly, hall expenditure on maintenance is remitted to Council on a monthly basis for reimbursement.
    • There is a process for the Bookings Officer and Maintenance Officer to follow in executing their volunteer role, with Council providing supports and tools.

Take the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Tyagarah_Hall