Council petitioned to restore glory
TOM FITZGERALD, of Geneva, presented a petition to last night's Kyogle Council meeting with 575 signatures supporting the restoration of the foyer at the Kyogle Memorial Institute.
Council is currently exploring the feasibility of restoring theentrance at an estimated cost of more than $100,000.
The foyer was turned into a shop in 2003. However, it has been without a tenant for most of that time.
Recently, the Kyogle RSL Sub-branch said it would like to rent the shop because its current office in the Kyogle Senior Citizens Centre was too small.
Mr Fitzgerald, speaking during public access, said he understood there was currently no money to pay for the works.
He suggested the council could continue with current configuration until funding for the project was available.
As part of the council's assessment of the project's feasibility it conducted a survey of the community.
Of the 86 people who responded to survey, 51 were in favour ofretaining the shopfront in its existing form for use by the RSL.
The proposal to restore theentrance to its original condition was supported by 31 respondents.
Three respondents were in fav-our of retaining the shopfront in its existing form for commercial use, while one respondent said the shopfront should be retained in its existing form for the use of community groups.
However, the council's survey forms were criticised by Kyogle RSL Sub-branch president Bruce McKenzie because respondents were not required to identify themselves and there was nothing to stop people filling out more than one survey.
Mr McKenzie said the sub-branch was still interested in relocating to the foyer shop, or some-where else within the institute.
“It was built by the soldiers' club in the beginning, we have a moral equity in the place, we should be back there,” he said.