Thanks for the memories
Well, Griffith, the time has come for me to bid adieu.
After almost three years of working in this city, it's safe to say I fell in love.
I fell in love with the people, the generous and dedicated communities within this region, and the sweepingly flat vista filled with orchards and vineyards - despite the dust.
What was meant to be a one year stint lead to two, and now three. And while yes, I am leaving and to far-off Tamworth no less, the roots I never thought to plant are screaming as I complete the process of saying goodbye.
Griffith will always hold a place in my heart, and I thank each and every one of you for making this city on the edge of the dessert my home.
To those I have worked alongside both in the office and right across the MIA, please know you've left an indelible imprint in my memory.
As the new senior journalist for Tamworth's The Northern Daily Leader, you may still see my name pop up every now and again, and hope you remember me as warmly as I do you.
Until next time.
Jacinta Dickins, senior journalist at The Area News
Hope after Education minister's visit
.As a carer I hope that the Education Minister acknowledges the hard work of teachers in this experiment.
My child has commented a few times over the years that staff seemed stressed.I hope that things can be improved.
I hear that one of the things that has been discussed is the option of two site principals.
I believe that this won't work. why would someone aspiring to be a principal, want to work under and other principal?
I doubt this would attract a quality candidate to the Griffith Area.Seriously the whole project needs to be re thought out.
Stacey Harris, Griffith
Demolition of Our History
I was saddened to see Council records listing a DA submitted 28.2.20 "for the demolition of existing buildings and removal of surrounding trees at 1 Palla St and 2 Aminoo Ave, the latter better known as "Charnwood".
Charnwood was designed by architect A.B Long who also designed the Griffith Cenotaph and the Griffith Regional Art Gallery.
Charnwood is a grand residential home of importance to Griffith.
Sections of this building are of straw construction.
It was built by master builder Henri Morel in approximately 1938. He also built the Lyceum Theatre, Old Rio Theatre and Woodside Hall, previously known as The Palais De Dance, originally located in Yambil St and later moved to the showground.
Sadly the Lyceum and Old Rio Theatre were demolished in the early 1970's.
1 Palla Street is a charming residential building, built in the early to mid 1920's.
Its architecture is very much in keeping with the other buildings in the street.
We have relatively few examples of early historical architecture remaining in Griffith.
These two buildings are part of our cultural heritage.
They accentuate the character of our beautiful city.
We need to respect and preserve them.
Once they are gone, they can never be replaced.
I urge the Griffith Council not to support this Development Application.
Pirkko Makarainen, Griffith
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