Council orders reprieve for Minnie Water community hall
By DAN MacDONALD
UP TO 20 Minnie Water residents left yesterday's Clarence Valley Council meeting smiling and slapping each other on the back.
Council voted to take no action on moving the village's community hall until a full consultation had been conducted with the Minnie Water-Wooli Surf Life Saving Club and the Minnie Water community.
Karen Armstrong was among the ecstatic residents and said she was pleased council had taken the group's concerns into account.
"We value the uniqueness of our village and the need to protect the foreshore area," she said.
"Nip Welsh Park is the heart of the village, and any development must address all social, cultural, community and recreational activities for all users."
In Councillor Fred Morgan's address to council, he explained how unhappy the Minnie Water residents were about having their views regarding the park's future ignored.
"If council are naive enough to proceed with this (moving the hall) there will be a huge fund of anger and the Minnie Water community are going to hound council until its last days of office," Cr Morgan said.
"They want to be part of any future plan for the area.
Mrs Armstrong said she hoped for a cooperative approach in the future.
"Members of the community are prepared to meet with the surf club to discuss how their needs and those of the community can be brought together," Ms Armstrong said.