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Numurkah Youth Club building to be reinstated to public open space

Publish Date: 03/06/2016

Moira Shire Council this week confirmed it would remove the former Numurkah Youth Club building and convert the location to public open space.

Moira Shire CEO Mark Henderson said the decision recognised the building’s significant public risk from asbestos and the substantial works that would be required to meet accessibility requirements for public buildings.

“We can’t allow continued use of the building but nor can we let it sit empty and deteriorate.  We felt there was no other option but to remove the building and return the site to parkland,” said Mr Henderson.

It has been estimated it would cost Council $1 million to return the building to a usable state, which would include the removal of a large amount of building materials containing asbestos and enable compliance with contemporary construction and accessibility requirements for public buildings.

Mr Henderson said Council was aware of a proposal from the community to use the building for a youth gymnasium; however the safety risk was too great.

“We welcome the proposal for a local youth gym club and we welcome the opportunity to work with the local community to find a more appropriate facility that can safely meet their needs,” he said.

Asbestos was commonly used in building materials from the mid-1940s until the late 1980s and since 2003, there has been a total ban on the manufacture, use, reuse, import, transport, storage or sale of all forms of asbestos.

Mr Henderson said Council would look at ideas to open the area up for parkland.

“This space would create a missing link for the community of Numurkah.  The site has great future potential and is in a great location, being the only open space on that side of town,” he said.

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