Mathews is no longer alive, but her foresight and funding through the
Mullum Trust made the wetlands possible.
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.