Heart-stopper for Wardell
By MARY MANN
WARDELL resident Rose Leeson is holding her breath over the future of the town's community access space. State Government funding of $30,000 for the centre runs out at the end of June.
And while the Ballina Shire Council Finance Committee recently went against a council staff recommendation and voted to provide the $60,000 needed to keep the Wardell Community Access Space alive for another 12 months Ms Leeson and other community members fear the funding could be lost in the budgeting process between now and June if councillors don't realise how important the space is.
"I've been coming here for four years, for morning teas, workshops, knitting and to just have a cuppa and a chat. It's a fantastic place," Ms Leeson said.
"It would be terrible for the community if it closed down."
Sunny Grame, from the Wardell Progress Association, said the council should never have considered shutting it down in the first place.
"It's an important place for people to come and connect with other people, so they are not so isolated," she said.
The proposal to double the original council commitment from $30,000 to $60,000, to make up for the lost State Government funding, will be decided this month.