More than 50 residents attended a forum hosted by the Tatura Community Plan Steering Committee to foster discussion about the town’s development.ALEXANDRA BOLKAS June 18, 2014 3:25am
Representatives from Tatura Community House, Transition Tatura, Men’s Shed, Senior Citizens, Tatura Civic Hall Committee and Tatura Primary School were among those in attendance.
Tatura Community Plan Steering Committee chair Carl Walters said he was more than pleased with the turnout.
‘‘It was great to hear joint discussion and it was an opportunity for each represented group to tie ideas together,’’ he said.
Tatura Primary School council president Jill Clapperton spoke about plans to upgrade the school playground and surrounding grounds.
Ms Clapperton also urged residents to lobby the state government for more school funding in the election lead-up.
Tatura RSL president Robert Mathieson spoke about the organisation’s growing membership and its plans to lobby Tourism Victoria to include Tatura in a military trail through the region.
He also spoke about their short-term goal of funding the repainting of the Mechanics Institute’s hallway.
Senior Citizens president Veronica Dowell said their current facility did not provide for members needing wheelchair or walking frame access.
She said installing automatic doors was also on the agenda.
‘‘We had a member who joined who was on oxygen and he had to wheel it in with him,’’ she said.
‘‘He got stuck in the door, so now we have to keep an eye out when we know certain members are coming, because obviously if they’re using a walking frame or are in a wheel chair they can’t physically open the door.’’
Mrs Dowell said the group also needed tables with wheels to minimise the need for heavy lifting, and chairs with arms.
She said Greater Shepparton City Council was in the process of costing the building works.
Mrs Dowell said the group had raised $12700 in 18 months to put towards the renovation.
Mr Walters said the information would be used to feed into the next Community Plan upgrade.
‘‘We’ll use the information to inform different ideas so when a group approaches us with an idea we can connect them with another group with similar ideas or priorities,’’ he said.
He said community members also appealed for greater pedestrian access and more walking tracks.
It is hoped the forum will become an annual event.
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