LET­TERS TO THE EDI­TOR

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Re- where to build new li­brary

There is only one place for it- next to the town hall on the va­cant block of land that the coun­cil owns.

It has front + rear en­trance would also im­prove the look of the main street which is lack­ing – also car park­ing at the rear.

I can­not be­lieve there is talk of de­mol­ish­ing our com­mu­nity meet­ing hall which is used a lot.

I think this seems a bit of a prob­lem in this town. I can re­mem­ber back to over 75 years – a lot of things have been de­mol­ished – our his­tory has gone.

Whats next – the bridge.

Op­tion 1 ideal for li­brary

Damian Ap­ple­ton’s let­ter was ex­cel­lent and I’m sure struck chords all over the place.

The li­brary plan, op­tion 1, I thought was ideal. The li­brary in this town is gen­er­ally un­der­val­ued in terms of its con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity on many lev­els.

It con­tin­ues to grow and serves all ages in the town and coun­try side, from books to com­put­ers - and kind ad­vice to new users, story time for tod­dlers and lit­tlies and talks from au­thors.

We have the most won­der­ful li­brar­i­ans, Kerry, Marg, Edna and a self­less team of vol­un­tary sup­port. In very lim­ited sur­round­ings they, pa­tiently, achieve tremen­dous re­sults. It is the one place in town where one gets 100% in­ter­est and as­sis­tance ev­ery visit.

A big­ger li­brary would pro­vide more op­por­tu­ni­ties for ev­ery age..... qui­etly!

They are wel­com­ing, knowl­edge­able and help­fulwe are so lucky.

It’s time now that the town had a good li­brary stand alone with easy ac­cess for ev­ery­one- all ages.

I think the shire should be con­grat­u­lated for giv­ing us a plan for a fine re­source cen­tre.

Groups who like to use the town hall need kitchen fa­cil­i­ties and should have them so that their favoured form of in­ter­est and re­cre­ation can con­tinue. I don’t see that it should be ei­ther/or.

I think it’s time that groups like the above are catered for - in two dif­fer­ent places; in fact, with Yar­ra­wonga grow­ing as it is, the two places with dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able would be a great at­trac­tion.

Catriona Pick­ett.

Hall meet­ing thanks

We would like to thank MLA Tim McCurdy, Coun­cil­lors Peter Law­less, Peter Mans­field, Marie Martin, and Kevin Bourke and to the 90 or so res­i­dents who at­tended the Com­mu­nity meet­ing in the Yar­ra­wonga Com­mu­nity Hall on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 15.

Thanks for your do­na­tions of $72 which will go to­wards the in­au­gu­ral meet­ing of the Yar­ra­wonga Town Hall Friends Group which will, of course, be held in the Com­mu­nity Hall.

Thanks to Shaun Quinn for chair­ing the meet­ing in a non-par­ti­san way, and to Ge­off and Dawn Camp­bell and Mary Cooper for their sup­port all the way. Graeme and Ruth Bugg, Tr­ish and Ron Hock­ing and Penny Gut­teridge also helped with let­ter­box­ing and thanks to many oth­ers pro­vided en­cour­age­ment and in­for­ma­tion.

We be­lieve that there should have been an open pub­lic meet­ing be­fore the de­ci­sion to de­mol­ish the Com­mu­nity Hall was passed by Moira Shire Coun­cil on June 27, 2018.

The vast ma­jor­ity of those present on Wed­nes­day did not com­plete the sur­vey and didn’t know about the pro­posed de­mo­li­tion un­til they read re­cent ar­ti­cles in your pa­per.

Coun­cil’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion strat­egy needs to ac­knowl­edge that over 40% of Moira Shire res­i­dents do not have in­ter­net ac­cess at home. Com­mu­nity meet­ings en­gen­der a sense of be­long­ing and com­mit­ment and lead to health­ier com­mu­ni­ties.

Apolo­gies were re­ceived from Mayor Li­bro Mus­tica, Coun­cil­lors Ed Cox, Wendy Buck and Gary Cleve­land, all of whom had other com­mit­ments, and from Carol and Peter Hen­der­son, Lynda White, Mary-Ann White, Kerry Quinn and Paul Flavel who were also oth­er­wise com­mit­ted.

The mo­tions passed at the meet­ing were:

1. As Moira Shire rate pay­ers and/or res­i­dents at­tend­ing the Com­mu­nity Meet­ing in Yar­ra­wonga on Au­gust 15, 2018 we re­spect­fully re­quest Coun­cil to re­scind that part of Res­o­lu­tion 9.3.2 passed by Coun­cil on June 27, 2018, which refers to de­mo­li­tion of the Com­mu­nity Hall.

2. Coun­cil must en­sure that there is ad­e­quate stor­age for chairs, ta­bles and stage stairs be­fore de­mol­ish­ing the stor­age shed and pro­vide a suit­able al­ter­na­tive site for the Yoga por­ta­ble.

3. As ci­ti­zens of Vic­to­ria and Moira Shire rate pay­ers or res­i­dents at­tend­ing the Com­mu­nity Meet­ing in Yar­ra­wonga on Au­gust 15, 2018, we re­spect­fully re­quest Moira Shire Coun­cil and the State Gov­ern­ment of Vic­to­ria to re­turn the for­mer P-4 site of the Yar­ra­wonga Col­lege to the peo­ple of Yar­ra­wonga for the de­vel­op­ment of fa­cil­i­ties to ben­e­fit the Com­mu­nity. The Sec­ondary Col­lege site oval is not a fair ex­change for Vic­to­ria Park.

4. That a Town Hall Precinct Friends group be formed.

Fi­nally, thanks to the Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle for pub­li­ciz­ing both sides of this de­bate.

Yours truly,

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