As you may be aware Wingecarribee Blue Light Inc. has operated successfully in the Southern Highlands for more than fifteen years. During this time we have received great support from various groups and attendance by our local youth. At this time some of their former youth are allowing their own children to attend.
As a result of currently instituted fire Restrictions we have been forced to start a pre sold ticketing program for our Senior Dance parties/functions. Prior to this we were catering for on average 700 young persons per month(excludes Junior Discos) for the past twelve months. This is indicative of the growth of this area. When Blue Light started we averaged three hundred young persons. Because of the increase in numbers over the years we have been forced to review on a regular basis the venues we were using. Our current venue is the Auditorium of the Mittagong RSL Club. This is the biggest venue that meets fire restrictions for public functions. there has been suggestions to go outdoors but logistically and for safety purposes that is not an option on a regular basis.
This factor and listening to and monitoring activities of various other groups/organisations within the Shire highlights the need for a the provision of a community based facility that can and will cater for large numbers of people. Not just for now but in the future and beyond.
We would like to invite a representative from your group/organisation to attend a Public Meeting that is being planned to once again address and hopefully finalise the on going saga for the need and construction at a major leisure sport centre. This meeting is important not just to us but to everyone within the Shire because we are sure that if built at sometime you or an immediate member of your family will use a leisure sporting centre.
You may be aware but you may not.
In the Wingecarribee Shire we have no venue that can hold a public function for more than 550 persons standing and 400 persons seated. There are plenty of private function facilities but they can only cater for their own ie: schools halls and attending students. This is because of state fire standards and a reluctance of State councils to challenge these standards and the limitations they place upon organisations.
There are a number of groups and organisations throughout this Shire who have a need or desire to use an indoor entertainment/leisure centre. This includes indoor swimming centres through to other sporting ventures such as cricket, hockey, soccer and the occasional rained out market day.
For entertainment purposes we do not attract top line acts or shows because the venues are small for their acoustic or artistic needs or the return on ticket sales is restricted. We should be able to attract these acts/artists. As seen in the past promoters can organise and hold functions of a first class calibre in the Highlands that attract not only local dollars but also the tourist dollars to our Shire. This helps everyone including local council.
We live in an area that is growing and according to statisticians has a rapid growth rate when compared to the rest of New South Wales. With the ever improving transport systems between the Southern Highlands, Sydney, Wollongong and Canberra persons are choosing to raise their families in this area and work in these major cities. The notion that this area is a country area is and has long been replaced by the term semi rural. We can still populate and grow and have our semi rural attraction.
Taking all this into account we need to impress upon our elected Councillors the need to spend monies and start to improve and provide facilities not for today or five years but look to a ten year or beyond plan. This may cause a drain upon some resources but if you want to sustain growth you must attract growth.
We would like to stress to all persons who intend to represent their group this is not a meeting to personally attack our elected councillors but to finalise the never ending chase for a leisure centre. To ensure this does occur each group represented will have one voice or speaker. Under no circumstances will one group be allowed to stack the meeting. They can be represented in numbers but not in voice.
Meeting Date: Tuesday, 28th November 2000, 7.30pm sharp at Mittagong RSL Club Bessemer St Mittagong.
This meeting of the Shire is to let everyone voice their concerns, listen to others and urge our elected councillors of the need for a large community facility. Blue Light is asking your group or organisation to attend and be represented at this important meeting. For seating arrangements could you please respond and let us know how many persons will be attending and who the authorised speaker will be on the night.
RSVP: 20th November 2000 to the above mailing address/phone numbers 4868 2794.
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