So now what?……

Now that the dust has died down and all the votes are counted, the new Albury council is well and truly ensconced for the next four years (and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it), it would appear it’s now well and truly time for the council to make a decision on the issues they procrastinated about as hot potatoes during the lead up to the recent elections.

Specificaly, the proposed stadium fee, the fate of the PS Cumberoona, the re-development of QEII Square (and hopefully a long over-due name change) and of course last but by no means least, what to do with the dilapidated eyesorehistoric landmark that is the DC-2 “Uiver”.

Surely a trip down to metal-land to pick up a dirty great big shed would cost less than the proposed $1million to restore the aging aircraft to it’s “former glory”.

They might even throw in a discount if we agree to put up a “metal-land” sign indicating that the shed came from there.

I can hear the testimonials already “if it’s good enough for the Uiver…”

Perhaps Merv Hughes could do the honours and cut the ribbon at the officail opening.

Pour a concrete slab, bung a shed up around it and the aviation tragics, sad little people terrified of change , aviation buffs and amateur historians can go to town resurrecting it in their own time-and at their own expense.

Everyones happy (except the poor buggers who have to look at a dirty great big aluminium shed instead of a rusting aircraft hulk, but I guess if you cared about little things like aesthetics, you probably wouldn’t move to an industrial estate in the first instance would you?).

Heck, let’s re-name Albury “Uiver-town“, it’ll be great, maybe the “Weekly Times” might do a story about it, we’ll be listed among towns like “Cowes”, “Glenthompson”, “Metung” and “1770” as one of those pokey little places with nothing really to offer but an unusual place name to be memorised by pub-trivia buffs “just in case it comes up in a question”.

Splendid, I don’t see a down-side really.

Henceforth the city of Albury shall be called “Uiver-town”



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Hi I'm Jack Stone (a pseudonym), I'm a long-time Albury resident and I think it's a great place to live and work. I have a strong interest in local events and media and I started this site because I think a different perspective is often needed when reporting local news. I take a keen interest in local politics, as well as what's going on at the state and federal level, I'm also a supporter of social justice issues, the envirionment and the need for people to have a say in the events that effect their lives. I'm a fan of the Border Bandits and I'd love to see both teams take the flag this year, and next year, and maybe the one after that too.
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5 Responses to So now what?……

  1. raydixon says:

    I agree with your sentiments completely, Jack. I’m astounded that a town the size of Albury, with all its heritage, history & natural assets (read the Murray River) would latch on to a replica of a nondescript plane that just happened to make an emergency landing there eons ago as the be all and end all of just about everything. For f****s sake, someone needs to get a life. Just sell it off for scrap metal!

  2. in fairness Ray, the story of the Uiver is a pretty important one, it’s one occasion where the people of Albury banded together to save some people they didn’t know just because they were in need.

    I’m in favour of remembering the Uiver, it’s also a great rallying point for what this community can achieve I just don’t think we need a rusting great white elephant of a plane hulk to do it.

    There’s an excellent mural at the airport detailing the story of the Uiver and it’s the subject of it’s very own (permanent) display at the new library museum.

    Surely that’s enough you’d think huh?

  3. jr says:

    Ray, you are entitled to your opinion and historic aviation obviously is not “your thing”. Fine. But as Jack says, it was more than just a landing on that fateful night, long ago. It was a huge community effort.

    It didn’t “just happen to make a landing”. Some people are more passionate about “how” it landed than you. Fine.

    But just because it does not suit you, please don’t rant about people needing to get a life.

    I for one would like to see it restored, BUT, there has to be a bottom line and if that means it’s not possible to foot the bill, so be it. Having said that, I just wonder whether all avenues for funding have been pursued.

  4. raydixon says:

    OK, you’d like to see it restored. “It” being a replca in the first place. It’s “fine” by me if people think that’s important over there.

  5. Andrew says:

    Can anyone remember the Uiver Memorial Trust?

    They were trusted with raising funds to restore the replica many years ago and failed to get enough money…surely this is a TRUE reflection of how much the average punter really cares about this piece of scrap.

    Let the thing go to a museum or restoration firm to be housed in an exhibition or air museum somewhere.

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