Pam Oberman and Sue Bennett at Kirra Hill Cultural and Community Centre.
Pam Oberman and Sue Bennett at Kirra Hill Cultural and Community Centre.

Kirra Hill landmark wins award

A KIRRA Hill landmark which underwent major restoration has won an award.

The Kirra Hill Cultural and Community Centre received the Silver Governor’s Award in the presence of Governor Penny Wensley at Brisbane’s Government House last Thursday.

Friends of Kirra Hill president Pam Oberman described the win as “absolutely brilliant”.

“For its spectacular location and attention to detail paid to it in restoration, it’s very much deserved,” Ms Oberman said.

She said the government had not completely heritage listed the building, to which a disabled lift and toilets had been added though the council had recognised it as such.

“Now it’s safely in the hands of the public and the response to it being culturally reborn in 2011 has been terrific.

“People feel proud it’s one of the rew remaining public timber buildings remaining in Coolangatta; it’s a quintessential example of local history, and the silver award is a great addition.”

FOKH heritage spokesperson Sue Burnett said she was overjoyed with the award.

“My mum went to it when it was a school in the 1920s, my brother went in the 1940s and I went in the 1950s,” Ms Burnett said.

“When I go up there I can’t explain how overjoyed I am to see it being used by the community.

“I’m a very happy lady – and why wouldn’t I be?”

Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey said it was a long-time coming.

“It was a hard and long campaign just to win the building in the first place, and it goes to show the Gold Coast can be proud it has a community building which reflects so closely its original purpose as a school building,” Ms Stuckey said.

“I got the Save Kirra Hill group up and going, organised the first meeting, then we lobbied the government and the council played a key role in following up the rest.

“I was so passionate about restoring such a fantastic building in such a magnificent location, and credit to the council for bringing it on and deserving some of the credit for the award.”

Division 14 councillor Chris Robbins said she was happy the centre had been rewarded for joining the 21st century while still maintaining its integrity.

“It’s very dear to me,” Ms Robbins said.

“It was one of three or four projects I wanted to drive within the council, and the silver award is a great outcome for such a magic place.



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