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Toolangi Forest Discovery Centre decision deferred

The Toolangi Forest Discovery Centre as it looked in 2011, prior to it falling into a state of disrepair.

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Mar 8, 2024

MURRINDINDI Shire Council, in their first meeting for the year, held on February 28, voted to defer the decision about the rezoning of the Toolangi Forest Discovery Centre until the March meeting.

In public participation, Steve Meacher spoke about the Toolangi Forest Discovery Centre, calling it an extraordinary icon in the area and the only asset the area has to attract the general public. It has been closed for the past six years, and believes that the abandonment would not be an appropriate outcome. He has written to the minister seeking ministerial intervention. He asked that council defer the decision for a month to allow the panel to meet.

Volunteer Meg also spoke. She said that she has been upset to see the deterioration, and would like to see the centre as the hub for the town, for both locals and tourists.

Kerryn Blackshaw also spoke in support of the Toolangi Forest Discovery Centre, as a long term resident and active volunteer. She recently entered the building with the Gould League and found that the door had been rammed open, that there was bedding on the floor and the interior was in disarray.

Gayle Cole also worked with Steve to have the café opened and was in the

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