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NSW Regional Meeting - Reflections On the Australian Quaker Centre (A Pearsall)

From: Arthur

To: NSW RM Clerk

Sent: Friday, April 09, 2010 12:38 PM

Subject: Re: Agenda for Saturday

 
I found the notes on the minutes [agenda] very interesting.  I have often thought that the idea of aQuaker Centre is easier than the practise of it.

My ruminations have continued along the lines of:

  • If we need a centre, why does it have to be close to Canberra and Sydney?
  • If it is to be accessible mainly from those cities due to transport and convenience for Canberrans and Sydneyites what is wrong with specifically building resources at Werona. That is 100 acres of wildlife sanctuary, with ownership mostly in the hands of Quaker Meetings already. Why buy somewhere else?
  • If on the other hand it does not need to be close to Sydney or Canberra, we could consider places within easy reach of transport like Melbourne Where there is a huge resource at Toorak, Friends school in Hobart (not so convenient with few cheap fares) or other places in less expensive real estate markets. Northern Rivers has plain, train, bus, and road - not that I am pushing for that.
Good luck to the committee to sort it out.
 
I have been reluctant to give my support so far because of the major expense of the courses, and the difficulties of transport. (though I do understand that many say they have benefitted from the location and the resources, and the courses.)
 
cheers
Arthur Pearsall
 
Correspondent: Northern Rivers Recognised Meeting, Lismore, NSW
 
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