PORTLAND’s historic Drill Hall could become a cultural history museum.
It is envisaged it will become home to the vast majority of the Glenelg Shire Council’s cultural collection which contains an estimated 9000 objects.
The future use of the hall is one of three proposed changes accepted by the council last week to the city’s draft civic precinct plan.
The $11 million draft plan by consultants Michael Smith and Associates sets out a vision and proposed strategy for reinvigorating the area bounded by Bentinck, Cliff, Bligh and Glenelg streets as well as the Fawthrop Community Centre.
The consultants received 10 written submissions and feedback from stakeholder and user groups in February on the draft.
In a written report to the council’s meeting last week, shire governance officer Debra Clark said the consultants had said it had been acknowledged that the Drill Hall with climate control and protection measures would be suitable for the bulk of the cultural collection.
The hall has been renovated in previous years, but its use in recent times has been limited.
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