Go back to com­mu­nity on hall plans

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Dear Editor, Berrigan Shire Coun­cil now has the com­pleted plans for the pro­posed re­de­vel­op­ment of the Fin­ley School of Arts build­ing, but at the mo­ment BSC is not al­low­ing any pub­lic view­ing of these plans and it has re­fused to pro­vide any up­dates on the de­vel­op­ment of these plans since the con­cept known as op­tion 3 was adopted over 12 months ago.

The gen­eral pub­lic, user groups and even the cur­rent 355 vol­un­teer man­age­ment com­mit­tee of Fin­ley War Memo­rial and School of Arts halls have been com­pletely ex­cluded from the process.

Some time ago the com­mit­tee de­tailed sev­eral con­cerns and for­mally no­ti­fied coun­cil of its de­ci­sion to op­pose op­tion 3.

Coun­cil has not ad­dressed any of those con­cerns, let alone en­tered into any di­a­logue with the com­mit­tee re­lated to that no­ti­fi­ca­tion.

In the pub­lic in­ter­est I be­lieve we should de­mand that coun­cil de­ter­mines an ex­hi­bi­tion and pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod of no less than three months, al­low­ing any in­ter­ested groups and in­di­vid­u­als to fully ac­quaint them­selves with the com­pleted plans and sup­port or op­pose the pro­posal, ei­ther in part or en­tirely.

Gen­uinely open for­mal dis­cus­sion would not only al­low user groups and in­di­vid­u­als to in­form coun­cil of their con­cerns and re­quest changes, it would clear up once and for all what com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions are be­fore any De­vel­op­ment Ap­pli­ca­tion is lodged.

I have re­quested the coun­cil pro­vide me with ev­i­dence of any dis­ad­van­tage this would cre­ate, or any statu­tory obli­ga­tion that coun­cil would breach in pro­vid­ing for this pe­riod of con­sul­ta­tion. As yet I have no re­ply.

I have been very crit­i­cal of op­tion 3 from its in­cep­tion, how­ever I am more than happy to ac­cept and sup­port the broader com­mu­nity view if they favour op­tion 3.

But they must first be pro­vided with all the rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion, a gen­uine op­por­tu­nity to ex­press their views and have coun­cil lis­ten and act ac­cord­ing to their ex­pec­ta­tions. Yours etc, Dean Rus­sell Fin­ley

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