Nicolas Jungfer wrote on March 19, 2017 an article entitled “Retirees returning beloved theatre to its former glory” for the Junee Southern Cross.
The explains how Junee resident, Ian Manwaring, came up with an idea on how to restore the Dress Circle of the Athenium Theatre using retirees builders, carpenters and civil engineers and how he went about executing that plan.
Mr Manwaring states how “They’re enjoying working together, they’re enjoying doing something creative and they’re enjoying putting their mark on a public building where they can say ‘I was a part of that.’”
The article also covers a brief history of the Athenium’s history — how the site was slated for demolition to make away for a medical centre and how the town became divided over the issue. Only by calling upon then-Senator Bill Heffernan, a Junee local, to plead the Athenium’s case to Premier Bob Carr, did a hold get slapped on the the demolition, allowing the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to inspect the building.