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Down to the Nitty Gritty at Mackay Park

The Beagle Editor,

In 2017, when Council was stuck on having a combined building for the Mackay Park Arts Aquatic centre the Perfex group proposed a two-armed design with a central foyer that provided separate entrances for either side.

Suddenly that has become the proposed plan for the Centre, according to Lindsay Usher, who gave an hour long presentation to Perfex recently.

The latest (last?) plan will be released soon. But there are a few changes from the plans we saw earlier this year, as displayed at the Drop In Kiosks titled Concept A, B and C. And we may not like Concept D.

The latest plan is to only have one story, with no plans for a second. Without good foundations for a second story, how will the centre expand? What of the future?

With only a 350 seat theatre planned, about the only school it could hold for end of year activities or concerts is the Mogo Primary, and most schools have something of a similar size already. What touring groups will come must be small and flexible.

There is no piano to be provided, but without a piano, which music group – visiting or local – will use it?

Without a fully functional kitchen (not included) where is Meals on Wheels to go? Functions and self-catering events - the norm in this small community –will be held elsewhere. What tech-savvy youth will use the facility if there is Wifi but no equipment?

How will this place be viable?

In mid 2019 we are getting to the nitty gritty of the journey. Let’s not ruin it now.

Dr Susan Mackenzie PerfEx President

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