Public Meeting Speakers Raise Questions About Council Museum Closure

May 06, 2018
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A call to action from the public has been demanded by those who attended the Southland Museum Memorial Service/public meeting today.

Speaking during the formal part of the service (https://livestream.com/accounts/10730215/events/8189314) at the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club, Invercargill Ratepayer’s Association spokesman Nobby Clarke spoke to about 60 service-goers on the importance of attending an Invercargill City Council (ICC) Extraordinary Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 15 at 4pm.

The ICC website says the topic is the Council’s Long-Term Plan with a second Extraordinary Meeting planned for Tuesday, May 22 at 4pm, covering the same topic.

Mr Clark said a larger group had more chance of convincing the Council and the Invercargill City CEO Clare Hadley, the decision to close the Southland Museum and Art Gallery on April 13 was “not the right decision”.

Invercargill architect Bob Simpson has questioned Clare Hadley ICC’s reasoning behind the museum’s closure and during the “service” many concerned members of the public spoke about the processes and legalities of the closure.

The service’s organising group motioned to instruct the ICC to publicly present their facts as well as declare each individual councillor’s voting-decision to close the museum.

Visit openthemuseum.com for more on the group.

Opus Report: icc.govt.nz/SMAG-Opus-Report.pdf

Win Clark review: icc.govt.nz/SMAG-Win-Clark-Assessment-Report.pdf

ICC chief executive’s report: icc.govt.nz/SMAG-Chief-Executives-Report.pdf

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