One man’s dream has turned the region’s dead wood into a “quirky” paradise.
Morunda resident Dave Fahey has been praised as the mastermind behind its soon-to-be completed Palladium Theatre.
But the project was no small feat, according to local resident and fellow Morundah Bush Entertainment Committee member June Gash.
The small country village is home to less than 30 residents and about 70 residents across the district.
That is until it puts on a show.
The Paradise Palladium Theatre was launched as a re-purposed pig shelter, with a dirt floor in 2006.
Despite humble beginnings, the building attracted hundreds to its sell-out opera, dance and theatre performances across a decade.
Two years after the building’s curtain call, a concrete-floored facility was purpose-built as its replacement.
The theatre now stands to rival the Sydney Opera House, according to Mr Fahey.
"We think ours is more unique,” Mr Fahey said. “It’s got a quirky factor.”
This assessment comes from the unusual wall-art lining the palladium, with 800 old doors providing the necessary timber for the best acoustics.
Mr Fahey said donations had provided a “bit of everything”, bringing centuries worth of history from across the region back to life.
The old Area News’ doors are among this collection, having been salvaged after a fire tore through its offices in 2013.
“(The theatre) has cost about $700,000,” Mr Fahey said. “That’s including grants, council funding, volunteer labour and donations from across the region.”
The Morundah Hotel owner said the community-owned facility was now $180,000 away from completion.
Mr Fahey said workshops and masterclasses were also offered at the site, when touring stars performed their one-off-acts.
He said children from across a 200-kilometre radius had come to the area to learn from the best of the best.
Despite residing in a somewhat isolated area, Mr Fahey said the operas, plays and ballets attracted residents from across the country and the world.
“If you build it, they will come,” he said.