Petition opposes Maternal and Child Health Centre move
Baw Baw News By William PJ Kulich // 23:26, Friday 11 July 2014
A PETITION asking the Baw Baw Shire to revise its decision to move the Warragul Maternal and Child Health Centre from William Square to Normanby Street has been presented to councillors.
Over 430 people signed the petition, which was presented to the mayor on Wednesday.
Petitioners asked the council to either reconsider the move or “provide the community with an appropriate feeding and changing area within the (Warragul) CBD.”
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The request stipulated that such replacement facilities should be of “acceptable cleanliness” and be similar to parent rooms found in shopping centres.
The centre’s move was announced in March as one of a raft of council leasing changes, which included moving all Baw Baw staff at the Smith Street Warragul offices to Drouin.
The council does not own the William Square or Smith Street buildings.
Shortly after the move was announced Baw Baw CEO Helen Anstis told the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen councillors had instructed officers to look for savings.
“This council has asked us to… look at all the properties we lease from others… to make sure they are commercial, that they are providing a community benefit and that we’re not utilising funds inappropriately,” Ms Anstis said.
Mayor Murray Cook said the petition would be noted.
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This article was first published in the 11 July 2014 print edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen.
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