Historic town hall suffers quake cracks

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Kojonup town hall facade effected by recent earthquakes.
Camera IconKojonup town hall facade effected by recent earthquakes. Credit: Shire of Kojonup.

Kojonup’s 92-year-old town hall has been damaged by recent earthquakes.

Shire of Kojonup development services co-ordinator Michelle Dennis said the town hall had some ongoing structural issues before the earthquake; however, cracks in the building only started to appear after the recent tremors.

“Because of the age of the hall and the ground conditions we have had some structural issues with the building,” she said.

“We’ve been waiting on a report from an engineer about what to do to fix it.”

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The Shire of Kojonup has closed off the footpath and parking areas near the town hall for the safety of pedestrians and patrons.

Some sections of the hall have also been closed as a precaution.

More than 700 small earthquakes measuring between magnitude 0.1 and 5.7 have been detected around Lake Muir this year.

Ms Dennis said the Shire was waiting for a report from a structural engineer before planning any work at the town hall.

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