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The Tweed Regional Museum is set to close one of its buildings because of problems with asbestos and other issues.

The old RSL Hall at the museum’s Tweed Heads West site in Kennedy Drive will be closed to the public from  June 2, after a recent investigation determined the building was unsafe.

The building was a former RSL meeting venue, built in 1941 and moved to its present location a number of years ago.

A Tweed Shire Council spokesperson said the problems with asbestos and other issues could mean the building had reached the end of its life.

‘The asbestos material in the building has been damaged and represents an unacceptable public workplace and safety issue,’ the spokesman said in a statement.

Further investigations by the the Tweed Heads Historical Society Inc and the council would ensure all options for the building were considered.

During the closure, research material will be relocated to the court house building while the collection on display will be temporarily relocated to the Tweed Regional Museum’s purpose-built storage facility.

The Museum will continue to operate and three buildings will remain on the site.

They are the old Tweed Heads Court House, which is the headquarters of the Tweed Heads Historical Society Inc, Boyd’s fishing shed and the deckhouse.

Society president Joan Smith said the society would continue to provide a research resource centre from the court house building while working with the council to improve the collections on display.

The Tweed Regional Museum is a Tweed Shire Council community facility, established in 2004, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Council and the Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads and Uki, and South Arm historical societies.


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