Fin­ley’s hall needs have changed

Southern Riverina news - - NATIONAL VOLUNTEERS WEEK -

Dear Ed­i­tor, I have been a vol­un­teer of the hall com­mit­tee for well over 20 years, and dur­ing this time have wit­nessed a grad­ual de­cline in the use of the Memo­rial Hall to a stage where apart from the foot­ballers’ ball there has not been a ma­jor func­tion in the hall for many years.

No or­gan­i­sa­tion has used the hall for any func­tion that could not be ac­com­mo­dated in the School of Arts.

The first point I would like to make is that the hall’s re­moval is not be­ing pro- posed be­cause of its poor struc­tural con­di­tion.

The fact is, it is not used. Some book­ings have been made for hastily or­gan­ised func­tions to demon­strate a need.

Th­ese func­tions could be ac­com­mo­dated in a ren­o­vated and air­con­di­tioned School of Arts.

While it is ac­knowl­edged there will be those who will lament the loss of this fa­cil­ity, it has sim­ply out­lived its use­ful­ness and has be­come a fi­nan­cial bur­den to the ratepayers of the whole Ber­ri­gan Shire.

It is also a fi­nan­cial bur­den to the Hall Com­mit­tee who op­er­ate with a very lim­ited bud­get.

Up un­til about four years ago, basketball had been a ma­jor user group for this hall.

It is be­ing con­sid­ered to move basketball to the In- door Sports Cen­tre at the show­grounds.

This fa­cil­ity is vastly un­der-utilised at the mo­ment and is surely a pre­ferred op­tion for in­door sports.

There is a men­tion of a re­place­ment value of $1.5 mil­lion placed on the hall. This is to­tally ir­rel­e­vant.

We have a brand new pub­lic fa­cil­ity at the re­cre­ation re­serve built at around the cost of $1.6 mil­lion, which is avail­able for hire for any func­tion.

I have also been a mem­ber of the Fin­ley Am­a­teur Dra- matic So­ci­ety for over 30 years.

I have stood be­fore pa­trons at our shows ex­plain­ing to vis­i­tors to town where to find the bathroom fa­cil­i­ties and have been em­bar­rassed by their con­di­tion.

A mi­nor makeover was ap­plied to the women’s a cou­ple of years ago, but we have no dis­abled fa­cil­ity.

Please read and en­quire about all the in­for­ma­tion you need to make your de­ci­sion on this pro­posal be­fore vot­ing. If this pro­posal is not ac­cepted by the Fin­ley com­mu­nity and Ber­ri­gan Shire ratepayers, noth­ing will change. We will be left with sub­stan­dard fa­cil­i­ties, on­go­ing costs and no fund­ing to change that. Our hall needs have changed over the years and we need to change too. Yours etc. Ross Whit­taker Pres­i­dent Hall Com­mit­tee Fin­ley

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