An iconic small property less than five minutes from Penola will be auctioned early next year, with sale funds to be donated to a community foundation.
The 2.1 hectare Monbulla hall and school site will be auctioned in February, after sitting vacant for some time.
The site has many stories to tell with Monbulla tennis and cricket being played there for many years. The original tennis court still features on the property.
It was also the site of the Monbulla school which was opened in 1894.
The school was situated in a building used as a polling booth to service the small close knit community and at peak educated 34 students.
The school closed in 1944 and students were transferred to the Penola Area School.
The Monbulla hall was built as an addition to the site in the 1950s and became a key meeting place of the Monbulla community.
The hall was also very well known known for hosting many cabarets, the annual June ball, the Monbulla Christmas tree gathering, birthday parties, bush dances, barbecues and community meetings.
Having sat idle for many years, the Monbulla Community Committee made the decision to sell the property giving someone the unique opportunity to snap up a piece of history.
It was unanimously decided at the meeting the money (after costs) from the sale would be donated to the Stand Like Stone Foundation.
Dedicated funds would be set up that community members, and students in particular, can apply to the fund for assistance in travel and accommodation costs when selected to play sport outside of the region.
The committee felt that this would be a very positive use of the money and would ensure those with financial struggles do not miss out on sporting opportunities.
The auction will be held on the Clay Wells Road site on February 3, 2024.