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April 12, 2021

Community opposes sale of Casino’s Drill Hall

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Around 100 Casino residents met last Thursday to oppose sale of the town’s Drill Hall, which has a history stretching back to World War I.

Light Horse soldiers reportedly trained there, along with many others over the years.

But the hall has become the latest victim of a government policy on asset sales.

Signs promoting the sale of the hall were erected at the beginning of the month and it is due to go to auction on December 10.

Page MP Kevin Hogan yesterday met with the parliamentary secretary of defence Darren Chester to discuss the sale of the Drill Hall.

He emerged from the meeting mildly optimistic that it may not be too late to save it.

‘At today’s meeting I gave Mr Chester a copy of the resolution from the meeting and he has agreed to go back to his Department to discuss the proposed sale of the Casino Drill Hall,’ Mr Hogan said.

‘I am working towards a positive outcome with the starting point being the deferment of the sale.

‘Mr Chester has given me an undertaking that he will respond to the issues I raised with him within a week.’

Rotary Club president Tony Hennessy told the ABC last week the community was angered by the proposed sale of the hall.

‘It represents such an intense part of the history of this area in relation to war service from the Boer War effectively, right through to the Vietnam War and since, it’s had a part to play,’ Mr Hennessy said.

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