Narrabri Shire Council’s community survey about the future of Wee Waa’s former National Australia Bank building has closed, with community members offering a range of suggestions about what should happen with the space.

No final decision has been made, but some of the suggestions submitted to council include the building be utilised by education providers, the historical society, music practice rooms, community groups, youth centre or health services.

Following the closure of NAB’s Wee Waa Branch in 2021, the facility was gifted to Narrabri Shire Council for the purpose of providing a community centre and services to the broader Wee Waa community.

Council has secured funding to undertake upgrades to the building and has sought feedback from Wee Waa community on future usage.

A condition of the gift precludes council from leasing or licensing to a bank or financial institution.

“Narrabri Shire Council received an informative response to the community survey for future use of the former National Australia Bank building at 75 Rose Street, Wee Waa,” said mayor Ron Campbell.

“The community open day was held on Thursday, July 7, with 10 members of the community providing some very positive feedback indicating they were happy with the current action being taken to progress this site.

“There were 21 responses to the survey, with positive suggestions which council will be able to utilise in forward planning for this facility.

“Among the suggestions were a space for the historical society, education providers, music practice rooms, community groups, youth centre and health services.”

Council has a budget of $75,000 to undertake some improvements to the facility.

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