Pampstamp wrote: ↑23 Dec 2022 22:36
No zoning issues here as most councils and neighbours object to anything even a little out of the norm.
Try running anything in a residential area and you will soon see. (places of worship have always been exempt)
'You will soon see ... WHAT??'
Someone like PHILAS, buying a now not viable Church would have no real issues with Councils or residents.
The $3m Church at Castlecrag highlighted above, (as is common all over the state) was used non-stop all year
for all kinds of Pilates and dance and ballet and Gym and similar activities etc, in the huge, flat, polished wood floored sideroom, all with no objections from anyone. A PERFECT
venue for PHILAS, as stated.
5 or 10 pensioners meeting inside now and again, sipping tea and coffee, is hardly a 24/7 Disco Party Drug Fuelled Rave Event.
At WAY under HALF the price of the corrugated roof Silverwater tin shed
, the $3m church like the one I show above, would be ready to use almost immediately. Tailor-made for PHILAS. No extra $ Million to spend up front either, before it can be used effectively. 'Put lipstick on a pig, and you still have a PIG"
AND the $2.5-$3 million saved could go into a 5% term deposit account to fund useful things in the hobby in NSW. That is a $125,000-$150,000 a year extra kitty right there alone.
No parking issues, well lit, tiled roof, leafy, attractive inside and out, and a warm welcoming feeling inside, and close to buses to the city and Chatswood.
I can bet it simply did not occur to anyone on Committee to even LOOK
for such an obvious option, closer to city, rather than a souless and ugly tin shed, in an Industrial area.
They have totally over-engineered and overpaid for something WAY larger than really needed, that is simply a meeting rooms venue, containing a library, as is SAPHIL
in Adelaide, and the Collectors Club Of Chicago
etc, which both work absolutely perfectly
in a residential area.
That sort of warm and welcoming venue would encourage FAR
higher collector attendances than a breezy corrugated roof tin shed. And hence a far longer future for PHILAS.
Mark my words. Total no brainer.
Maybe years down the track, when attendance tapers off to a barely recordable trickle, due to this truly uninviting location, and it is sold, they might
get much of their money back. How does that assist philately in NSW?
The current Committee will be long gone by then.
LOTS of us here financially supported PHILAS with Donations, and the 'Buy A Brick For Philas House'
and masses of commission on buying and selling stamps. I paid for a LOT of Bricks at PHILAS house.