LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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.
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.