Berry School of Arts

Street view of a large two storey brick hall with pitched roof

Berry School of Arts, 19 Alexandra Street, Berry is a Heritage building located in the heart of Berry village, it was opened by Alexander Berry 18 January 1906.

This venue offers a large Main Hall with adjoining Supper Room, a Mezzanine Level with Art Room and Music Room, and a large Stage suitable for concerts and performances. It also offers a range of multifunction Meeting Rooms suitable for community groups and recreation activities.

Floor plan and photo gallery

Operating hours

7 days a week

08:00 AM–11:45 PM

Annual closure

Council Managed Halls are closed from the last week in December to the first week in January each year.

Rooms & capacity

Rooms 4 Sq metre capacity 2 Sq metre capacity
Main Hall 45 90
Supper Room 30 60
Kitchen 2 4
Meeting Room 6 12
Main Office 4 8
Mezzanine 8 16
Art Room 10 20
Music/Meeting Room 4 8
Total 109 218

Inclusions

Flooring

  • Main Hall: Polished timber
  • Foyer & Supper Room: Carpet

Heating and cooling

  • Main Hall: 8 wall heaters and 4 ceiling fans
  • Supper Room: 3 heaters and 2 fans  

Resources

  • Bose PA system & iPad
  • 1 Projector screen
  • 4 Partitions
  • No Wi-Fi 

Piano

  • 1 Grand Piano
  • Tuning at Hirers expense

Tables

  • 40 Trestle tables
  • 3 Wooden tables 

Chairs

  • 40 Black/Silver Suede chairs
  • 190 Plastic chairs
  • 15 Bench pews – Mezzanine only 

Kitchen

  • 1 Large commercial refrigerator
  • 3 Small refrigerators under benchtop
  • Commercial stove and deep fryer
  • Oven and Combi warmer oven
  • Microwave
  • Zip hot water in coffee station
  • Dishwasher
  • 10 Carafes
  • 2 Bins
  • No saucepans, milk jugs, or wine glasses  

Crockery and cutlery

  • Full place settings: approx. 80  

Use of outside grounds

The outside grounds of the venue may be used for event participants arriving, departing and general mingling for the duration of attending the hirers event, at no additional cost.

Alternatively, the outside grounds of the venue may also be used to accommodate suitable outside tables, outdoor settings, gazebos, and marquees for the duration of the hirers event upon prior approval of the event’s application and where warranted payment of appropriate bond has been made (in accordance with Council’s Standard Terms & Conditions of Hire).

Please note, the outside grounds of the venue are not available for the parking of any vehicles (including Coffee Vans or Food Vans) for the duration of the hirers event.

For more information contact Council’s Booking Officer.

Commercial hire - Community casual hire – Community regular hire

Commercial hire

Commercial hirers are entities registered with the Australian Tax Office, and hold an ABN (e.g. sole-traders, organisations or businesses) that make profit or exist for the purpose of making profit.

Non-profit organisations applying for Community Casual/Regular hire rates are required to provide evidence as following:

  • Registration with Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC), or
  • Incorporated as Association with Department of Fair Trading, or
  • Endorsed by the ATO as Charity or Deductible Gift Recipient on Australian Business Register

Community casual hire

Casual hirers are hirers of any facilities managed by Shoalhaven City Council (other than commercial hirers), and who hire the facility on less than 10 days in any 12 month period.

Community regular hire

Regular hirers are hirers of any facility owned by Shoalhaven City Council (other than commercial hirers), and who hire and book at the same time the facility, on more than 10 days in any 12 month period.

Bonds - Cancellations - Fee waivers

General security bonds

A bond is required for all bookings other than low-risk meetings and is determined by the type of booking. A refund of the bond will not be forwarded until the Booking Officer has attended at the facility and carried out a site inspection (as appropriate). Where the facility has been left untidy (i.e., garbage not removed, kitchen, cutlery, crockery, appliances, and/or glassware not cleaned, etc) or the facility has been damaged, any cost incurred to rectify will be deducted from the bond monies (GST will apply).

The hirer is responsible for any additional cleaning costs necessary to reinstate the facility to its condition prior to the hiring and for any costs/fees incurred for the repair or replacement or any loss or damage to Council property, furniture, fittings, and equipment.

Any bond monies refunded will be paid by cheque, by post, within 15 working days from the inspection date.

Cancellations

All fees, charges, and bonds for the hire of public facilities are payable in advance, a minimum of seven (7) days prior to the booking date. If your event is within seven (7) days, full fees are payable at the time of booking, and no refunds of fees, charges or bonds will be given for cancellations (exceptions may be made upon written application, and at the discretion of Group Director).

Upon implementation of an online booking system:

  • A deposit will be payable at the time of booking ($50 or 10% of hire fee, whichever is the higher)
  • All remaining fees and bond will be due seven (7) days prior to booking date
  • No refunds will be given for cancellations after seven (7) days prior to booking date (exceptions may be made upon written application, and at the discretion of Group Director)
  • Full fee + bond will be payable for bookings made within seven (7) days of booking date

 Fee waivers

Fees may be waived or reduced in accordance with the:
Some community events may be eligible for assistance in accordance with the: 
Australia Day, Anzac Day, Remembrance Day, Freedom of Entry marches, NAIDOC Week, Christmas, and Carols in the Park events are supported by Council with no charge for use of facilities.

Fees & Charges

Berry School of Arts Fees & Charges Guideline - July 2022

Fee Name
Main Hall/Supper Room
Purpose
Includes use of kitchen
Amount
Bond Cover cleaning and any potential damages Up to $5304 max - determined by type of Booking Refundable post Booking
Key Issue of a replacement key or an additional key $50 per key
Community Casual Hire Min 2-hour hire $37 per hour
Community Regular Hire 10 or more Bookings Min 2-hour hire $25 per hour
Commercial Casual Hire Min 2-hour hire $49 per hour
Commercial Regular Hire 10 or more Bookings Min 2-hour hire $37 per hour
Private Function Hire Min 2-hour hire $73 per hour
Private Function Hire Min 2-hour hire $510 per day

 

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*Note: Halls are listed under categories: Large Heritage Hall (Berry School of Arts), Large Hall, and Village Hall

             

Location

19 Alexandra Street, Berry NSW 2535 Australia View Map

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