Town Hall jazzed up

MAYLANDS town hall will be the new home of the WA Australian youth jazz orchestra.

Bayswater city council has approved a five-year lease for the young jazzers at $6000 per annum.

WAYJO plans to use the building as an HQ during the day and for rehearsals at night and on weekends. The hall will be made available to other organisations on days when WAJYO is not using it.

Cr Michelle Sutherland says the orchestra is a good fit for the area, with the Maylands ballet and just-approved music venue Lyric Lane nearby.

“I think Maylands, and in particular this area, is going to snowball into a music and arts precinct,” she says.

Cr Terry Kenyon says budding Louis Armstrongs will add vibrancy.

“We’ve seen Maylands transform over the years and now it’s really starting to take off,” he says.

“It’s an exciting time for Maylands, and for Bayswater”

Council staff estimate bringing the hall up to the standard of a bona fide public arena would have cost ratepayers around $2.5 million.

Now, WAYJO will pay for all outgoings.

The council also voted to consider allocating $156,000 in next year’s budget to improve universal access to toilets at the hall.

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