Bay 13 dilemma

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil is to review a de­ci­sion to de­mol­ish and re­move the Lons­dale Re­serve Mul­wala build­ing known as ‘Bay 13’.

On June 29, coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tor Mike Eden agreed to have the build­ing re­moved which did not please Mul­wala Progress As­so­ci­a­tion.

As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary Stephen Flana­gan for­mally ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment on Au­gust 13 at the de­ci­sion, be­liev­ing the build­ing could be re­stored and be­come us­able again, at a cost much less than coun­cil’s es­ti­mated $250,000.

He asked for coun­cil to hold off a fi­nal de­ci­sion un­til the newly elected coun­cil­lors could make the de­ci­sion on Bay 13’s fu­ture or re­place­ment.

Newly-elected Cr Bron­wyn Thomas suc­cess­fully moved a mo­tion to meet with all rel- evant stake­hold­ers to review the sit­u­a­tion and re­port back for coun­cil’s October meet­ing.

“We want some re­ally good relationships be­tween Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil and the Lons­dale Re­serve Com­mit­tee,” she said.

Coun­cil staff be­lieves de­mo­li­tion of the ex­ist­ing ter­mite-in­fected struc­ture and erec­tion of a mod­ern re­place­ment toi­let block and stor­age shed for an es­ti­mated $175,000 is the bet­ter op­tion.

But Fed­er­a­tion coun­cil­lors backed Cr Thomas’s call at coun­cil’s monthly meet­ing on Septem­ber 26 for a review, on the mo­tion of Crs Thomas and Fred Long­mire, es­pe­cially as some coun­cil­lors have queried the es­ti­mated costs of re­pair work.

Coun­cil’s res­o­lu­tion is to con­sider com­plet­ing the de­signed road­way and drainage strat­egy, and in con­sul­ta­tion with user groups, pre­pare a de­liv­ery pro­gram for Bay 13 with con­sid­er­a­tion to­wards the Lons­dale Re­serve Mas­ter Plan and avail­able fund­ing.

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