ALBURY Council will have a director on the new community trust being established for the Uiver memorial plane project.
Councillors agreed to this last night in a 8-1 vote despite mayor Alice Glachan again raising concerns on the restoration.
The creation of the trust and a heads of agreement between the council and the Uiver Memorial Museum Group are nearing completion in the long-term plan to restore and display the DC-2 Uiver memorial aircraft in Albury.
The group asked the council to be a nominated organisation and therefore be able to nominate a council director to the board of trustees.
It was stated the trust could operate autonomously of the council, which still owns the plane, but last night the council formally decided to be on board.
Cr Ross Jackson successfully pushed for council representation on the trust, with the trustee to be appointed on an annual basis beginning with the committee elections held in conjunction with next month’s mayoral elections.
Cr Jackson said he would be prepared to be the council representative, but Cr Glachan raised “grave concerns” about the arrangements with the trust.
“It is not about the Uiver and the trust,” she said.
“It is about the relationship between the council and the board of trustees that I am concerned about.
“I would feel much more comfortable if we had a council representative — and that council representative be a senior member of staff and not necessarily on the board of trustees.
“This board would then have access to the bigger picture of the council.
“We were told this organisation didn’t require any assistance from the council — they would be able to undertake this by themselves.”
Cr Jackson said the council should continue to be a “stakeholder” in the Uiver.
“The group will become the custodians of Albury’s DC-2 and the community should see that the council has an interest in the project,” he said.