The RMI has been a part of Romsey for well over 100 years and she will be here in another 100, however, any building that is over 100 years old needs lots of love and care. The CoM strives to bring this “Grand Old Lady” back to her former glory.
In recent years the CoM has overseen a number of upgrades to make the RMI a more flexible resource for the whole community.
Funds from the Bendigo Bank and DELWP were used to repair the roofing, capping, spouting and downpipes of the main building and the Billiards Room.
Once those works made the building weather proof, we were fortunate to receive a grant from DELWP to repair the damage caused by rising and/or falling damp to both the plastered and rendered areas of the walls and skirts.
In February of 2016 the CoM received a grant from the “Places for People” program within the MRSC. This grant, $10,500 and the original grant of $6,000 from the Shire gave us enough money to design a Development Plan brief and put it s.o tender. The resultant Master Plan has been valuable when sourcing funds to continue our improvement works.
In 2016/2018 additional works were carried out to the supper room. Repairs were carried out to the four chimneys and a solid plate with mesh was installed to greatly reduce the size of the flue eliminating the risk of birds and other animals falling into the rooms. A larger heater, fans, energy efficient lighting were installed and a complete overhaul of the two wooden fireplaces and their hearths was successfully completed.
A split system heater/cooler was also installed in the upstairs south room..
We are hopeful of bringing the Upstairs South Room back into use. This will require connections of water and gas as well as new carpet and repainting. A project in the wings.
The north wall of the foyer was repaired and repainted so that the WW1 Honour Rolls could be rehung after their repair and restoration works (Shared project – CoM & Department of Premier & Cabinet)
The main hall, which holds up to 200 people and includes a stage, is available for hire to members of the community however if you are looking for something smaller, we have various rooms available that hold up to 30 people.
The CoM works hard to make the hire of our facilities as economic as possible for the community however hire charges are vital as we must cover the cost of insurance, cleaning, electricity, gas, water, rates, repairs and maintenance and any ongoing improvements.