"Aggrieved" SHAC committee meets to discuss stables

Inside the timber structure of the historic stables on Farquhar Street, Wingham.

Inside the timber structure of the historic stables on Farquhar Street, Wingham.

AN emergency meeting of the Strategic Heritage Advisory Committee (SHAC) was held on Monday.

The meeting was called after council last week chose to delay its decision on the future of the heritage stables on Farquhar Street.

Councillor Kathryn Bell said the committee members said they felt "aggrieved" at not being consulted previously on the subject.

"The committee has a massive wealth of heritage knowledge to share," she said.

SHAC is comprised of members of the community including Wendy McKeough and Mave Richardson, Manning Valley Historical Society representative Barbara Waters and GTCC councillors Kathryn Bell and Robyn Jenkins.

Cr Bell said the committee has agreed to speak with the owners of the property to understand their expectations and what they want to do.

"The committee members are being sensible and realistic," Cr Bell said.

"Ultimately we want the heritage significance preserved as much as we can and hopefully there is a really good compromise out there.

"But all committee members were really conscious that we need to protect people and that this is an urgent matter.

"All of us were on the same page."

The committee also called to be consulted by council and be able to consult with the community.

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