The sale of Casino’s historic Drill Hall has received an eleventh-hour reprieve after intervention by Page MP Kevin Hogan – but only for six months.
The hall was due to go to auction next week but Mr Hogan made a last-ditch attempt to save it after a meeting in the town called for it to be retained in community hands.
Following a meeting last week with the parliamentary secretary of defence Darren Chester, Mr Hogan today announced the hall had received a six-month stay of execution while the community’s proposal is considered.
Mr Hogan said during that period Mr Chester will come to Casino to listen to community views on what should happen to the hall.
In the interim, Mr Hogan told ABC radio this morning he would meet with community members and councillors opposing the sale ‘so we can come up with solutions for when he comes to Casino, so there are alternatives we can put to him’.