Federation Centre call
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.