Re­mem­ber­ing Rivka

Mansfield Courier - - COURIER OPINIONS/PEOPLE -


Mathews is no longer alive, but her fore­sight and fund­ing through the

Mul­lum Trust made the wet­lands pos­si­ble.

The Mul­lum

Trust is now man­aged by her daugh­ter Sue


The motto of the Trust: “Do your lit­tle bit of good where you are; it’s those lit­tle bits of good put to­gether that over­whelm the world”.

The author of the motto:

Arch­bishop Des­mond Tutu.

Rivka and Bob Mathews lived close to where the Mul­lum Tun­nel is now on the free­way into Mel­bourne.

They had a great con­cern about the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and val­ued con­ser­va­tion vi­sion.

They loved com­mu­nity ac­tion and own­er­ship of lo­cal projects.

It is no won­der then, that when Project of the wet­lands to the Mul­lum Trust, it met with strong sup­port and very gen­er­ous fund­ing fol­lowed.

I think Rivka and Bob Mathews would be very pleased with how their gen­eros­ity and be­lief in com­mu­nity has re­sulted in this won­der­ful com­po­nent of our pub­lic es­tate.

The old sa­le­yards site and the metal yard land are part of this pub­lic es­tate and part of our joint com­mu­nity fu­ture.

If the cur­rent shire funded con­sul­ta­tion is go­ing to be worth its salt, both these pub­lic as­sets should be off the ‘for sale’ list.

To sell them to pay for the shire’s bud­get re­quire­ments is like not be­ing able to fund a per­for­mance of an opera, so you sell the opera house?

Very bad, short sighted man­age­ment.

Sarah Ste­gley, Howqua

ible with the out­stand­ing wet­lands and rail­way precincts that ear­lier far­sighted com­mu­nity mem­bers worked to pro­vide for the whole of

There could be as many com­mu­nity uses for the sa­le­yards site as there are ideas.

Among these is not a “me­mo­rial” to the pens, their oc­cu­pants or aroma of the former use of land.

The over­rid­ing point is that not one of these could be brought to fruition if the site is no longer in the hands of the com­mu­nity through

NOT FOR­GOT­TEN: Rivka Mathews, founder of the Mul­lum Trust.

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