|Issue No 99||15 June 2001|
Trades Hall Get Green Light
The restoration of the historic Trades Hall is another step closer after the Labor Council officially assumed managerial control of the building this week.
The Trades Hall executive voted to issue 800,000 to the Labor Council, a move that effectively gives the Council majority shareholding.
In return the Labor Council will pay $1.6 million to the Trades Hall Association for the shares. The Trades Hall Association is made up of the 50 original guilds and unions that built the Hall in the 1890s.
The transfer of control will enable the Council to proceed with the $15 million refurbishment, which will upgrade facilities while retaining the building's unique heritage value - including the Banner Room.
Both the Labor Council and the ALP will move offices to the old Hall on completion, bringing new life to the historic building.
Labor Council secretary Michael Costa described the move as "historic". Costa also revealed he'd met with Sydney Lord Mayor Frank Sartor who had given his support for the project.
Refurbishment work is expecting to commence later this year with completion due by late 2002.
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