Woodville Town Hall
Client: City of Charles Sturt
Engaging and working closely with Council and Community stakeholders developed a future use strategy for Woodville Town Hall with broader project outcomes delivering activation of place within the Woodville Village precinct.
Built in 1903 as a Council Chambers and offices and redeveloped as a Town Hall and cinema in 1927, Woodville Town Hall has oldworld charm and hosts a variety of Council and Community events. Despite its colourful and successful history, it is currently underutilised and a cost burden to the City of Charles Sturt. Recent ad hoc capital expenditure has not boosted usage due to limitations of the facilities and management expertise in driving venue activation.
The City of Charles Sturt sought an economically viable future for the Town Hall within the context of the Woodville Village Masterplan’s vision and objectives and other broader place-making strategies. Council engaged The Maytrix Group and Positive Solutions to undertake a Future Use Study and to develop a future use strategy.
Supported by Positive Solutions, we engaged with The City of Charles Sturt to develop a Future Use Strategy for Woodville Town Hall. The strategy to activate the Town Hall incorporated broader Council planning. The Maytrix Group and Positive Solutions worked closely with Council stakeholders to identify possible future uses and potential users, and to recommend a governance strategy and capital works program to support activation.
The completed review of venue and operations produced a broader strategy to activate the Town Hall and increase its use. Key inclusions were a revised Council structure to support venue growth, enhanced community engagement and a streetfacing café to support the Woodville Road activation plans.
The strategy also recommended adding a Business and Arts incubator, programming venue activities including community and commercial ticketed events, and installing contract caterers to use a new kitchen facility as well as running supporting functions and events to return revenues to Council.
Council are also considering as part of future planning the introduction of a renewed Arts and Cultural Strategy to support programming and Community engagement across a number of Council owned and managed facilities within the City.