Bas­ket­ball As­soc. of­fers hall op­tions

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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

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