City council may kick in $10,000 for movie

WARRNAMBOOL City councillors will vote tonight on whether to contribute $10,000 to the production of locally set film Oddball.

Councillors will receive an update on the production’s progress so far as well as the current level of promotion and support from local businesses.

Council officers are recommending $10,000 be contributed to the film, which tells the story of the Maremma dogs sent to guard penguins at Warrnambool’s Middle Island.

In other matters for consideration, a petition opposing the establishment of a horse training business in north Warrnambool has been received by the city council.

The agenda for tonight’s meeting states that 39 signatories have signed a petition objecting to a new business being set up in Ponting Drive, off Wollaston Road.

Residents in Ponting Drive and Johnstone Road are opposed to the proposed horse training business and stables due to “disruptive hours of operation”, increased truck traffic and unacceptable levels of noise, smells, dust and flies in a residential area.

Councillors are unlikely to discuss the issue tonight as the petition must “lay on the table until the next ordinary meeting of the council”.

However, the councillors will vote on a recommendation to further investigate the matters raised in the petition.

Other matters on the agenda for tonight include:

* a petition requesting the installation of a pedestrian crossing in Koroit Street between Banyan and Liebig streets so Heatherlie residents can more easily access the new bakery;

* feedback on the kindergarten survey conducted last year;

* and a motion for a public meeting to be held at the Lighthouse Theatre regarding the proposed relocation of the Warrnambool livestock exchange.

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