Kyogle RSL Sub-branch president Bruce McKenzie is unhappy plans by Kyogle Council to restore the original entrance to the Kyogle Memorial Hall may interfere with sub-branch plans to hire office space in the building.
Kyogle RSL Sub-branch president Bruce McKenzie is unhappy plans by Kyogle Council to restore the original entrance to the Kyogle Memorial Hall may interfere with sub-branch plans to hire office space in the building. Jay Cronan

RSL battles council over refurb

KYOGLE Council spent $84,000 in 2003 to alter the entrance to the Kyogle Memorial Hall.

Seven years down the track, the council is exploring the feasibility of restoring the entrance to its original condition at a cost of $100,000.

“Enough is enough,” Kyogle RSL Sub-branch president Bruce McKenzie said.

“It’s ridiculous. Don’t waste any more money.”

The council decided recently to conduct a feasibility into the possibility of returning the hall to its original state, with its entrance on the Summerland Way.

However, the RSL Sub-branch then approached the council to rent office space in the hall which was once the main entrance.

In response, the council decided to survey the community to find out what its preference was.

However, the survey, which can be downloaded from the council’s website, has been criticised by Mr McKenzie because respondents are not required to identify themselves.

Mr McKenzie said there was nothing to stop people lodging more than one survey.

The council’s general manager, Arthur Piggott, said that verifying the addresses of respondents would create ‘administrative difficulties’.

“The purpose of the survey is to give council an idea of community opinion in this matter and thefinal survey numbers may not necessarily be the determining factor in the decision,” he said.

Mr McKenzie said the RSL Sub-branch currently operated from an office the size of a storeroom at the Kyogle Senior Citizens Centre.

“We share it with Meals on Wheels,” he said.

Mr McKenzie said the sub-branch was in desperate need of a better office.



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