Warragul goods shed could move to Noojee
Baw Baw News By William PJ Kulich // 19:01, Friday 16 October 2015
BAW BAW // A REPORT will be prepared by the Baw Baw Shire Council into the option of moving Warragul’s historic railway goods shed from its present location in the Warragul station car park precinct to the heritage precinct in Noojee.
Above: the Warragul Goods Shed at its present home in the Warragul Station car park. Photo: William PJ Kulich.
North ward councillor David Balfour moved a motion in general business at this week’s council meeting calling on the report to be prepared “as a matter of urgency” after consultation with “appropriate stakeholders.”
If successful, the shed would not be the first piece of rail history to be moved from Warragul to Noojee – an historic steam locomotive was moved from Rotary Park to the small town a few years ago.
Speaking to the motion, Cr Balfour said no groups had shown interest in using the facility since it was moved to its present location as part of the station precinct redevelopment.
“It’s been locked up and caged,” he told councillors.
“We’ve advertised for community interest and not much is happening at the moment, and I think it’s time to take a further step.
“A wonderful project happening out at Noojee where it could be used as a blacksmith’s shop or something like that.”
While some councillors spoke against the motion, all ended up voting for it.
“It’s not until you try to take something away that people rally to keep it,” Warragul ward councillor Mikaela Power said.
“We need to make sure there isn’t another avenue.”
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