West Wimmera council could reverse halls decommission decision

West Wimmera Shire Council will consider reversing a decision to decommission three halls. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

West Wimmera Shire Council will consider reversing a decision to decommission three halls. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

WEST Wimmera Shire Council could backflip on a decision to decommission three halls after it received objections from the community.

Council decided to decommission halls at Miga Lake, Ullswater and Dinyarrak – which it deemed no longer in use – at a council meeting in July.

Council will now review the decision at a meeting on Thursday, after it received objections from Ullswater Hall Committee and an Edenhope resident regarding the Miga Lake Hall.

Bad weather destroyed Dinyarrak Hall earlier in the year.

Ullswater Hall Committee president Ken Dixon wrote to council and said the committee strongly disagreed with the decision to decommission and dispose of their only community hub.

“This hall is our only meeting place in the community, it keeps our community connected, is used for meetings, community gatherings and private functions,” he said.

Mr Dixon said the community was offended by a report to council that said the committee was no longer active. 

“Our active committee has applied and received grants for maintenance, which include new windows and spouting and has been active in organising community get-togethers and working bees,” he said.

“Further to the claim that there is no community support, the Ullswater Hall hosts the annual Ullswater Christmas Tree, which attracts members from outlying communities including Charam, Ozenkadnook, Naracoorte and Horsham.” 

Edenhope resident Sally McClure also wrote to council, objecting to the decommissioning of Miga Lake hall.

In a letter to council, Ms McClure said she was extremely disappointed with the decision.

“Is it not important to protect the history of an area?” she said.

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