Wodonga's historicial society and brass band both searching for a new home

WODONGA Historical Society could provide the lifeline to the inevitable demolition of the city's brass band headquarters for almost half a century.

The South Street extension east of the Wodonga Brass Band hall to Havelock Street has been completed.

The South Street extension east of the Wodonga Brass Band hall to Havelock Street has been completed.

The historical society is wanting to develop its own museum somewhere in the city and the band hall is the remaining impediment to South Street being extended to the soon to be opened Havelock Street extension.

Talks between Wodonga Council and the brass band are at an impasse after an attempt by council in 2014 to have them vacate was over-ruled by the Victorian Treasury.

The band hall is located on Crown land.

Wodonga Council confirmed this week there had been no further talks with the band since it emerged late last year a start on the South Street extension behind the band hall had been made.

A footpath linking Hovell and Havelock streets alongside the band hall is presently under construction.

The Havelock Street extension will be open to traffic as soon as traffic lights at the intersection of Osburn Street are operational.

A plan to co-locate the band, Albury-Wodonga Theatre Company and Wodonga's men's shed collapsed.

The theatre company purchased the former Slovenian Club in South Albury to develop a new home.

The men's shed will make a fresh start in Jamieson Court after being gifted a block of land by council.

Wodonga Brass musical director Bruce Cook declined to comment, but confirmed he would be attending the historical society forum to be held at Martin Park on Friday.

Society vice-president Marie Elliot said the brass band's situation was a major concern.

"When you look at the history of the Wodonga Citizens' Band they have been here for over 100 years," she said.

"Yet they are left like homeless people at the moment.

"That to me seems so wrong."

Options for a future home including Silva Drive pre-school, Felltimber community centre and Baranduda Hall have been put forward to the band by Wodonga Council, but all have been rejected.

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