Fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre call

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

The con­cept of a Fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre for Corowa to high­light Corowa’s role in form­ing Fed­er­a­tion in Aus­tralia was raised di­rectly with Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son in Al­bury on Septem­ber 6.

“Coun­cil is call­ing on the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to part­ner with coun­cil, in its project to cre­ate a true home of Fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre, and fur­ther the story of the Fed­er­a­tion of Aus­tralia for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions and in­deed over­seas vis­i­tors,” the let­ter states.

“In Canada, Char­lot­te­town is a sim­i­lar story and they cel­e­brate the story of the con­fed­er­a­tion of Canada in that city.

“As the project de­vel­ops, coun­cil will send your of­fice fur­ther in­for­ma­tion with a view to gain­ing sup­port to de­velop the ini­tia­tive into some­thing be­fit­ting the sig­nif­i­cance of Corowa’s role in Fed­er­a­tion.”

The let­ter re­ferred to Mem­ber for Far­rer Sus­san Ley’s re­cent ad­dress in Corowa to mark the 125th an­niver­sary of the Corowa Con­fer­ence.

“This con­fer­ence held in 1893, was the in­cep­tion meet­ing that ul­ti­mately led to Fed­er­a­tion, by pass­ing a mo­tion that led to Fed­er­a­tion ul­ti­mately be­ing de­vel­oped over the next few years,” the let­ter states.

Cr Fred Long­mire pre­sented the let­ter to the Prime Min­is­ter, on be­half of Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil as Mayor Pat Bourke and Gen­eral Man­ager Adrian But­ler had prior com­mit­ments.

“It was a great hon­our to hand that let­ter to the Prime Min­is­ter,” Cr Long­mire said at coun­cil’s monthly meet­ing on Septem­ber 18.

Deputy Mayor Shaun Whitechurch said the sub­ject of a cen­tre has been raised be­fore. “We have to have a plan,” he told fel­low coun­cil­lors. “Let’s get a work­shop go­ing and work it right out.

“But keep bang­ing on the door. We need to pur­sue it a hel­luva lot.”

Elab­o­rat­ing on his com­ments, Cr White- church told The Free Press that over the years, a lot of peo­ple have spo­ken about mak­ing a mini Sovereign Hill, with such things as am­phithe­atre and screens.

The let­ter pre­sented to Mr Mor­ri­son con­tained coun­cil’s con­grat­u­la­tions to him on his re­cent ap­point­ment as Prime Min­is­ter.

The op­por­tu­nity was also taken by coun­cil to seek con­tin­u­ing good sup­port of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment re­gard­ing im­por­tant pro­grams in­clud­ing Roads to Re­cov­ery, Heavy Ve­hi­cle Safety and Pro­duc­tiv­ity Pro­gram and Fi­nan­cial As­sis­tance Grants.

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