Have your say on halls de­vel­op­ment

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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.

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