|Quaama Hall Bookings||Alicia Cowin
The Quaama School of Arts is one of 20 community halls in the Bega Valley owned and operated by the Bega Valley Shire Council, which recognises that such buildings are important places for the community to engage in social, artistic, cultural, educational and recreational activities.
Council recognises that these halls could not be provided to the community without the efforts of individual community hall committees and the wide range of volunteers who assist the committees to manage and maintain the facilities.
Council’s hall committee management structure is based on two levels of committee;
- The General Halls and Buildings Committee (Section 355 committee) – a peak advisory committee to Council consisting of a representative from each of the individual hall committees in the shire;
- An individual Committee for each individual hall – which operates under strict guidelines and delegations prescribed by legislation.
This framework is governed by The Local Government Act 1993 which details how Council can exercise its functions in respect of a wide range of community services and facilities.
The Roles and Responsibilities of individual hall committees are:
- General care and maintenance of the hall;
- Management of bookings for use of the hall;
- Development and implementation of a budget covering operational maintenance and capital development;
- Exercise of financial delegations for activities endorsed in the Budget and for incidental purchases;
- Authorisation of essential emergency repairs where Council after hours assistance is unable to coordinate such repairs;
- Nomination of a representative and an alternate representative for appointment to the General Halls and Building Committee.