Re­con­sider Town Hall Precinct devel­op­ment

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Letter To The Editor -

As rate-pay­ers we be­lieve that Moira Shire Coun­cil should re­con­sider and over­turn its res­o­lu­tion of 27/06/2018 to “pro­ceed with the devel­op­ment of a new li­brary at the Yar­ra­wonga Town Hall Precinct as de­scribed in Op­tion A” quoted be­low:

“Op­tion A – in­volves two largely in­de­pen­dent stages. Stage 1 in­cludes de­mol­ish­ing the Com­mu­nity Hall and Old Kinder­garten build­ing. A new li­brary would be built at the rear of the Yar­ra­wonga Town Hall. The se­cond stage, contin­gent on se­cur­ing fur­ther ex­ter­nal fund­ing, would in­volve re­fur­bish­ment of the Town Hall”. The im­pact of this res­o­lu­tion and the ba­sis of our ob­jec­tion is that de­mo­li­tion of fa­cil­i­ties has been ap­proved without a plan or fund­ing for their re­place­ment.

The sur­vey it­self could be re­garded as push­polling as Op­tions B and C in­volved lo­cat­ing the Li­brary in­side the Town Hall. To do so would se­verely com­pro­mise the out­stand­ing ar­chi­tec­tural merit of our 1930‘s Art Deco Hall. There are other op­tions such as to build the new Li­brary on the Old Kinder­garten site which cov­ers a much larger area than the Com­mu­nity Hall and kitchen, and re­de­velop the lat­ter when funds are avail­able. Our ob­jec­tions are not to the build­ing of a new Li­brary but to ram­i­fi­ca­tions of the pre­ferred site.

There were only 215 re­sponses to the April sur­vey, far too few to be re­garded as rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the views of Yar­ra­wonga’s pop­u­la­tion which at the last cen­sus was 7,057 peo­ple. 43% of the res­i­dents of Moira Shire do not have in­ter­net ac­cess which se­verely lim­its re­sponse to on­line sur­veys

There has been ei­ther nil or in­ad­e­quate

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