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”