Moree Plains Shire Council seeks community feedback on proposed relocation of rage cage

Moree's Rage Cage may soon be moved to a new location. Photo: Moree Plains Shire Council.
Moree's Rage Cage may soon be moved to a new location. Photo: Moree Plains Shire Council.

Moree Plains Shire Council is currently seeking community feedback about the proposed relocation of Moree's 'Rage Cage'.

A proposal was brought to last week's council meeting, requesting that the rage cage, which was erected in south Moree in 2003 as a place where young people can let off steam safely, be moved from the corner Birrawee Place and Jones Avenue to the Ephraim House Community Centre on Amaroo Drive.

This comes after council was approached by Paul Strahan, the operator of Ephraim House Moree, who is interested in acquiring the cage to be reused in a motor skills development park being built along the Ephraim House Community Centre, at no cost to council.

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The Community Centre and the motor skills development park will be available for children and youth who attend the centre as well as clients of the National Disability Insurance Scheme being cared for through the Hands and Feet disability service.

It will also be made available to all youth in Moree looking for alternative activities after school and on weekends.

At last week's meeting council resolved to invite community feedback on the proposed relocation of the rage cage over the coming month.

Any groups who would have an interest in relocating the cage, are invited to submit an expression of interest, outlining how a relocated rage would serve the youth of Moree, including whether public access would be proposed; where the relocated rage cage would go; and the capacity of the organisation to undertake or fund the relocation and maintain the rage cage into the future.

Council's community development team will be onsite at the rage cage on the corner of Birrawee Place and Jones Avenue from 12pm to 2pm on Tuesday, September 8 gathering community feedback.

Council has already undertaken direct consultation with local residents in the immediate proximity of the structure to understand the impact of its proposed relocation.

Council staff have also invited the Moree Aboriginal Interagency to a consultation workshop to discuss the proposed relocation in more detail.

Community feedback and comments can also be submitted in writing by 5pm Tuesday, September 29 and should be addressed to The General Manager, Moree Plains Shire Council, PO Box 420, Moree NSW 2400

Comments can also be submitted to council via email to council@mpsc.nsw.gov.au.

Any questions should be directed to council's community development team on 6757 3470.