TALKING HALLS: Eureka Hall and members of it's loving hall committee; (L-R) Marisa Snow, Craig O'Malley, Lynne Noble and Rhonda Ansiewicz
TALKING HALLS: Eureka Hall and members of it's loving hall committee; (L-R) Marisa Snow, Craig O'Malley, Lynne Noble and Rhonda Ansiewicz Jules Ober

Eureka! This hall can talk

ALL the talk on the streets of Eureka is about the community being chosen to take part in the region-wide If These Halls Could Talk project.

The two-year project will see seven halls across the Northern Rivers, one from each Local Government area, have a renowned artistic team collaborate with their community to tell the story of their hall.

Marisa Snow, who nominated Eureka Hall, said it had been the, "heartbeat and meeting place in the community for over 100 years".

"It's timeless and iconic and is still managed by descendants of Eureka's pioneering settlers - its role virtually unchanged since it was built in 1906," Ms Snow said.

If These Halls Could Talk is managed by Arts Northern Rivers, which earlier this year invited communities to nominate their hall.

"We received over 120 nominations from halls across the Northern Rivers," said project manager Natalie Bull. A diverse selection panel was established to assess the nominations, including an independent public historian and a regional gallery director.

"The assessment panel were impressed by the strength of the nominations and depth of community connection to their local hall," said Ms Bull.

Eureka Hall has been community-owned since 1912 and represents the backbone of Eureka's passionate community.

The stories of Eureka's past revolve around the many original settler families still living in Eureka today who, over generations, have seen the community change from primarily dairy farmers to the diverse and rich society it is today.

"We believe we are the custodians of a unique body of stories and knowledge," said Ms Snow.

Communities across the Northern Rivers are invited to continue to share stories and images of their halls on the If These Halls Could Talk Instagram and Facebook page as the project progresses.

"While only seven could be chosen, every hall in our region has a story to tell," Ms Bull said.

The If These Halls Could Talk project is funded by Arts NSW Regional Partnership funding.