Basketball Assoc. offers hall options
Dear Editor, We wish to have our concerns relating to the proposed redevelopment of the Finley School of Arts and War Memorial Hall precinct formally noted.
Firstly we thank the Berrigan Shire Council for abandoning its position on the demolition of the Finley War Memorial Hall.
This issue has caused significant conflict and tension in our local community.
The primary issue with the proposed redevelopment for Finley Basketball is access to and use of bathroom amenities.
The current proposal removes our independent access to the amenities.
Currently users of the School of Arts must walk through the Memorial Hall to access the male toilets.
The proposed redevelopment removes the existing toilet amenities and replaces them with toilets at the south eastern corner of the School of Arts.
Finley basketball is growing and we currently have up to 40 primary school and high school children and up to 70 adults using the Memorial Hall on a weekly basis.
Any participant or spectator in need of the toilet facilities would have to walk through the School of Arts. This has the potential to cause disruption to user groups of the School of Arts. It also causes potential safety concerns for junior basketball activities regarding supervision of children.
From our perspective we see a number of straight forward solutions to this matter.
We would propose the following resolutions in order of Finley Basketball’s preferences:
1. Alternatives be proposed, considered and analysed;
2. If the proposed redevelopment is to proceed, construct new toilet amenities at the rear of the Memorial Hall at the same time; or
3. Adopt a staged redevelopment approach so as to retain the existing male and female toilet amenities for use in the Memorial Hall until such time as new toilet facilities for the Memorial Hall are funded and constructed.
We understand that Finley Basketball is the single largest user group of the two buildings on a weekly basis.
Despite this, the current plans removed our independent access to the amenities which currently are sufficient for our needs.
We also express our concern regarding the cost and benefit to the community of the proposed redevelopment.
We remain committed to continuing to volunteer our time and efforts for the local community and appreciate the needs of our association and its members being recognised and maintained.
Yours etc. Aaron Taylor President Finley Basketball Association