A new multi-cultural organisation is hoping to bring life into a disused old hall in Mount Isa.
The hall near the airport was the premises of the now defunct Mount Isa Spanish association but a proposed group wants to give it a new purpose.
Former state MP and city mayor Tony McGrady said the terms of the building's lease was for sport and recreation but the lease had expired.
"Last week I convened a meeting with the Concordia Ladies soccer team, the Mount Isa Indian community, Cook Island dance group, the African dance group, the South Sea islander group, the Mount Isa Multicultural Festival and the Filipino Association to set up a new group to use the hall," Mr McGrady said.
Mr McGrady said at the meeting also was Guillermo Alonso of Steelcon, whose name was on the previous lease, and Mr Alonso has agreed to provide the first year's rates to Council, and the first year's lease to the state government, as well as $5000 to help with the new group's incorporation, and as a result he will be patron of the new group.
Young indigenous leader James Bambrick has been appointed as acting secretary and he said they would soon provide notice of a public meeting to form "an association of residents of Mount Isa who wish to promote understanding between those people who were born in Australia and those who have elected to make Australia their home".
"We want to give all these organisations a place where they can carry out their activities," Mr Bambrick said.
"I want to see the community come together and this is a great way for that to happen."
A spokesperson for the Tongan community said they hoped to use the building for meetings and for younger members to learn traditional Tongan dances.
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