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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

More spin than a wooden top in Mogo

Members of the Moruya Antique Tractor and Machinery Association and the Eurobodalla Woodies groups were invited, along with handpicked media, to a press call at Mogo yesterday (Thursday 10th February, 2022) to listen to two unelected Liberal candidates saying they will commit to finding land for a new community hub in Mogo. Sadly the invite extended to include the Eurobodalla Mayor, Mat Hatcher, who was placed in a needless position of having to remind those assembled that there was a draft Mogo Activation plan that had not been finalised along with an application for land to build a community hub adjacent to Mogo oval still under consideration. While it is acknowledged that the Moruya Antique Tractor and Machinery Association and the Eurobodalla Woodies groups lost their venue in the bushfires and that subsequently the land that it was located on was sold (Old Mogo Town) that group continues, under due process, to find a suitable location to rebuild. Whilst the Liberal candidates might have offered that forestry land could be excised neither are in a position to do anything but suggest. Mr Constance said on site that he had spoken with Crown Land Minister Kevin Anderson's chief of staff.

"They have done a study of the Crown Land available in Mogo," Mr Constance said. "The only possible site they could identify was next to the fire shed. As we all know, that is not big enough."

"The state government is prepared to actually go and find the land," he said. He is reported in the Bay Post as saying "We are identifying three to four hectares of state government land." Sadly the event was heralded as a Council backflip with the Bay Post headline Council backflip fantastic news for Mogo community groups when it was reported that Mr Hatcher said he was committed to finding a location for the community hub "as quickly as possible".

"We want to see these groups going as quickly as possible," he said. "That's the key to longevity of the community." Given that the draft Mogo Activation Plan has not been finalised the decision on priorities will rest with the new councillors. Consultants currently suggest the community hub is a long term priority. But then this is only the opinion of a consultant and found on a document that has at its focus and immediate priority the building of a Mogo Adventure Park driving activation to the town via mountain biking.


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