Have your say on halls development
Dear Editor, The halls were open for inspection two weeks ago for our Community Market, which was quite successful.
Plans for the proposed Option 3 from Berrigan Shire Council were on display along with our Option 4 plans for both halls from Realm Design. Option 4 plans won hands down for simplicity of design with the minimal of demolition whilst providing both halls with modern facilities together with a Memorial gallery for our 17 lost servicemen from WWII.
In relation to Option 3, put up by the Berrigan Shire Council at the cost of $388,000, it was asked what do we get for the $388,000? The answer is no toilets on the Finley War Memorial Hall, no replacement of the annex, only a patch of weeds leaving Dear Editor, Oh, here we go again, council bashing from Patricia and others.
In regard to her letter on July 25, if the true facts were checked on ‘White Goods Options’, it is clearly a state government initiative, not a Berrigan Shire Council scheme. Yours etc. Viv McGee Berrigan both halls prone to flooding in that space, the shrinkage of the School of Arts kitchen by a third, no new much needed storerooms, a small hall with 10 toilets and a urinal blocking the fire escape and the kitchen service door.
In fact what we are really getting for the $388,000 is a flawed plan with a few new toilets, blocking off the heritage facade of the School of Arts along with access and egress doors; nothing else save demolition.
The comments were that it is a very expensive way to gain an unsightly, over designed block of toilets at the expense of everything else.
Your objections to this flawed plan need to be lodged with the general manager, Rowan Perkins, prior August 22, 2018 to be considered.
The only notice given was in the shire’s monthly page and their Facebook site, no other public notice has been posted in the SRN to date.
However, details are being shown on our shopfront window displays and by the BSC at the Finley Library on Wednesday, Fridays and Saturday morning.
We are concerned that with the encroaching drought and economic stress, that this Option 3 plan should be abandoned and our Option 4 be built in stages to ease the burden on the ratepayers. Yours etc. Patricia L.J. Boyd President, Save the Finley War Memorial Hall Association Inc.
Winners of the Tocumwal Public School finals of the Premier’s Spelling Bee (from left) Lilly Baron, Lachlan Shepherd, Charlie Locke and Tom White.