Dimboola Hotel site cleared and waiting for the next step forward.
Dimboola Hotel site cleared and waiting for the next step forward.

 

We are opening our shop at 77 Lloyd Street, on Thursday evening July 20, at 7: 30pm to

anyone wishing to brainstorm options on pen and paper. Ilse Aschenbrenner.

 

The discussion at the July town committee meeting of a proposal for a community venture for the Dimboola hotel site left us with various impressions and questions which we would like to raise.

We would like to firstly thank Graeme Schneider for his good will and initiative to see this iconic and historic site be put to community use. Our Congratulations also go to Mary Clarke for such a wonderfully presented and conscientiously researched proposal and a thank you for her dedication to see Dimboola prosper.

Mary emphasised that her proposal was no way to be thought of as the end, or only option, and urged locals to individually present further ideas to Graeme and herself by the 31st July.

 

One aspect that was much discussed on the evening, was that outsourced professional assistance should be consulted for further managerial and design tasks for the site, including a board of outsourced professionals with proven competence. Some questions which came to mind amongst the seeking of such professionalism however, was how much community input has been and will be encouraged and embraced moving forward.  We question whether individually many people may not feel confident to voice their ideas and concerns. Therefore we propose that another brainstorming meeting for community input of local ideas and influencing factors to help formulate a potential use for the site would be valuable and suggest that this needs to be done before any further progress is made.

 

Upon reading the most recent Dimboola precinct plan submitted by SED regional advisory, an already outsourced professional organization, one observation that we have now made, is that it is desirable in their opinion for small commercial opportunities to be encouraged in such a rural setting. This is quite different to the proposed 1.2 million dollar development on a

Dimboola site for an end result of a single large building and surrounding landscaping.

Another aspect that we feel needs to be open for discussion before any commitment to a committee is made, is how much remuneration the site owner requires for this site to

potentially become a community owned site, to be able know whether this amount can even allow for a profitable proposal.

We are opening our shop at 77 Lloyd Street, on Thursday evening July 20, at 7: 30pm to

anyone wishing to brainstorm options on pen and paper.

We hope this way small individual ideas can be translated into collaborative solutions and when all local input isgathered, whatever needed outsourced professionals can then be advised with valuable local knowledge.

Mary's proposal thus far was no small task and we wouldn't like it to be left at that, so we invite and urge locals to share their knowledge and creative ideas to further enhance Mary's efforts and that this flame of enthusiasm can be kept alive. Everyone is welcome, we look forward to seeing you there.

Yours sincerely,

Ilse Aschenbrenner.

75a Lloyd Street,

Dimboola, 3414