COMMUNITY members will have a final chance to say goodbye to the Edenhope Mechanics Hall this weekend.
Demolition of the hall will soon be underway to make room for the new Community Centre.
West Wimmera Shire Council distributed $700,000 towards the project from the $1.5 million it received from the Drought Communities Program. The council received a total of $1.3 million from both the federal and state governments.
The demolition tender for the project is currently open and the construction tender being released in the coming weeks.
Once tenders are received, the council will decide if the building will be built in one or two stages depending on the funds available.
The new centre will be a space for the whole community, and will include a library, general activity space, meeting rooms and function space.
The Mechanics Institute was first officially recognised in Edenhope in 1889. The Edenhope Mechanics Hall has been the home of hundreds of local community events.
A number of community events have been planned for this weekend to provide a curtain call for the historic hall. An open day will be held on Friday, November 9 between 2pm and 5pm.
It will be an opportunity for community members to take one last walk through the hall. A range of memorabilia will be on display and an afternoon tea will be supplied from 3pm.
The Last Curtain Call Cabaret will be held on Saturday, November 10 from 7pm at the hall. It will be the final event held in the Edenhope Mechanics Hall before it is demolished.
The night will include live entertainment, with people asked to BYO drinks and food. Entry costs a gold coin donation at the door.
The council is asking the community for photos, videos or accounts of the hall that they would like to share. It is also calling for community members to perform one last song at the hall during the cabaret evening.
For more information or to find out how you can get involved, contact Sarah Ellis on 5585 9900.