BROOLOO Hall is a thing of the past, with demolition well under way yesterday and continuing doubts on whether it could have been saved.
This week's start on dismantling the historic Mary Valley building comes about a year after Gympie Regional Council declared it structurally beyond salvation.
Councillors voted in April last year to accept a tender from Valdora Earthmoving for the demolition project.
The agreement also includes an extra payment for the preservation of the hall's irreplaceable mountain ash dance floor.
Parts of the building will be stored on-site, for reuse when a planned replacement hall is built, under an agreement which will preserve the hall's dance floor.
Then, as one resident said yesterday: "Suddenly it's actually happening.
"It's the end of a lot of history," he said.
Brooloo Hall was among several disused and sometimes neglected regional halls in the Gympie region.
The council's call for demolition or removal quotations triggered a concerned community response at the time.
This led to a proposal to the council that local residents salvage materials, including the floor, for future use on the site.