Warragul Municipal Band given formal lease
Baw Baw News By William PJ Kulich // 16:32, Friday 4 September 2015
THE WARRAGUL municipal band’s request that it be given a lease for its present band room, located on council land near the West Gippsland Arts Centre, has been approved.
Above: the band hall.
First published in the 28 August 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen.
As part of the lease agreement, the band will be allowed to liaise with council officers to hire the building or rooms in a similar way to how public halls are hired as a way of supplementing income.
Council officers have found no tenancy agreement exists for the band to use the site. On Wednesday councillors unanimously voted to secure the band’s long-time home.
The band will pay $1 per annum for use of the building, while the council will pay for insurance and the structural upkeep.
Councillors were enthusiastic in their support for the lease.
“The Warragul Municipal Band is one of the best assets… for putting our name out there throughout Victoria and Australia,” Warragul ward councillor Gerard Murphy said.
“Notwithstanding that, all the events they go to, all the things they do, it’s all volunteers. They are gold and really do help the shire.”
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