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  • Ukrainian International Directory

    Ukrainian Community Issues Newsletter

    Ukrainian Community Issues 26 20 April 2017

    Secret Plans Unveiled The Ukrainian Community in Victoria

    Are we being deceived?

    The Directors and President of AUV have been elected as representatives of the community to act for and on behalf of the Ukrainian Community in Victoria. Our responsibilities are to interpret what we believe Ukrainians in Victoria want; so we can grow and foster kinship amongst each other.

    The Directors and the President have not been elected to foster our own personal beliefs, views or the views of Ukrainian organisation, associations or affiliations they are involved with.

    The Board has to act in the best interest of the Ukrainian community in Victoria, to the absolute exclusion of our own personal views, beliefs and interests.

    Published in the:

    Ukrainian Community Issues dated 15 April 2016 (Hyperlinked click on the text)

    Secret Plans moving the Ukrainian Community Centre, Essendon to the Ukrainian Catholic Church property in North Melbourne.

    The Newsletter stated:

    Members of the Community who I have spoken to, in the last few days, since this became

    BREAKING NEWS, have categorically stated that this move by a select self-interest group within the

    Community are wilfully and deliberately making this deleterious decision on behalf of the whole

    Community without Consultation and total disregard for the broader community that WILL

    disadvantage Regional Members across Victoria, other Religious Groups, interest groups, the New

    Ukrainian Arrivals and the General Ukrainian Community.

    At the time:

    I called on the President to clarify the AUVs intention to move the Ukrainian Community Centre to

    the Ukrainian Catholic Church, North Melbourne property, as a matter of URGENCY.

    We have received no such clarification or denial.

    Promises Promises

    It is very important to understand that reported in the Leader Community News (Hyperlinked click on the underlined text) dated 19 January 2016, the then Vice President of AUV, Stefan Romaniw stated:

    The building will be the first cab off the rank for the associations plans to develop the area, with it also considering the future of the Ukrainian Hall, located next door to the

    10 storey complex at 3-11 Russell St.

    Russell Street would become to the Ukrainians, what Victoria Street is to the Vietnamese or Lonsdale Streets is to the Greeks. Theres great potential for it to be a Ukrainian hub

    So much for Promises

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  • AUV Board Decision

    At the time, during joint AUV Board and Building Committee discussions, .. strongly outlining compelling reasons that the presence of the Ukrainian Community Centre for Victoria, should remain at Russell Street, Essendon. There was the unanimous consensus at the meeting.

    Presidents AGM 2016 - Statement

    At the November 2016 AUV AGM, the President (previous administration) stated the Ukrainian Community Centre, Essendon relocation to the Ukrainian Catholic Church property in North Melbourne was an idea that was presented to the Board and was dismissed as it was never a firm proposal.

    Alive and Well

    Recently, I received plans and proposal detailing a proposed relocation of the Ukrainian Community Centre, Essendon to the Ukrainian Catholic Church property in North Melbourne.

    Is this proposal still alive and well?

    I find it absolutely strange that someone had devoted a great deal of time and effort and expended funds in preparing a detailed proposal including plans, photographs etc. Refer Attached Document

    Have we been misled?

    Sell Option - Valuation

    I am led to believe there had been firm discussions at Board level to sell our Ukrainian Community Centre, 3 11 Russell Street, Essendon to a developer for $5+ million.

    I am also led to believe that this proposal was almost accepted.

    I understand a new valuation was commissioned which achieved $6+ million.

    IT SHOULD BE UNDERSTOOD, VALUATIONS ARE SIMPLY A VALUATION OF THE CURRENT PROPERTY IN ITS CURRENT ENVIRONMENT

    AND NOT ITS COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL VALUE

    The Commercial Potential Value can only be realised in an open Expression of Interest market. This process has to be totally at arms length with no one in AUV (or any Real Estate Agent) be

    involved until final decision

    Plan for the future

    Before any consideration is made to sell our Ukrainian Community Centre, 3 11 Russell Street, Essendon a firm plan set in concrete MUST be put in place and endorsed by the Ukrainian Community in Victoria.

    If a concrete plan is not put in place, I guarantee you that it will be a recipe for DISASTER.

    Selling this property without a firm plan endorsed by the community will allow the proceeds to be squandered away.

    No Community Consultation

    Normally, one would have plans for the communitys future prior to considering the sale option. Alas, no plans have been presented or discussed in an open forum at the time. Yet the sale of our Community Centre has been seriously considered.

    Or are the Secret Plans to move to the Catholic Church site are set in concrete without Community consultation.

    Now they are talking about selling our icon. Are the Plans to move to the Catholic Church property site in North Melbourne still alive? See attached document as possible evidence that this proposal is Live and Well.

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  • I will leave it up to the

    Ukrainian Community in Victoria,

    as to whether they are being misled and deceived

    and by who.

    If you believe as I do, the Ukrainian Community is being deceived, then dont just standby and

    say and do nothing.

    Yes you can do something:

    Become a member of the:

    Association of Ukrainians in Victoria

    have your say or just vote

    to block this ridiculous proposal

    to move the

    Ukrainian Community Centre, Essendon

    to the

    Ukrainian Catholic Church site in North Melbourne

    And to sell the property without a

    COMMUNITY ENDORSED PLAN

    Membership Application Form attached.

    Just complete and send to me by:

    Email: michael@emeraldproperty.com.au

    OR

    Post: 9 St. Leonards Avenue, Derrimut Vic 3030

    I will ensure it is appropriately authorised.

    Michael Karaszkewycz Member of AUV Central, Member Sunshine Hromada, Member St. Albans Hromada Editor, Ukrainian International Directory Attachments:

    Proposal relocate AUV to North Melbourne

    Membership Application Form

    Page 3 of 3

    mailto:michael@emeraldproperty.com.au
  • Project : 3 -20310th February 2016

  • Agenda

    1.0 Executive Summary1.1 Introduction

    1.2 Summary & Recommendations

    2.0 Currently Considered Options post Stage 1 Development2.1 Acquire New Club Facility in Stage 2 - Essendon + retain 7 Stage 1 units

    2.2 Sell Stage 2 Land New AUV Facilities in North Melbourne + 15 units

    2.3 Rental of Prestige - Large Function Facilities, as part of 2.2

  • Summary : New AUV Club and Admin Centre

    Total AUV Asset Value - $9.4 mil, consists of Club + 8x2 Br Units

    Annual Income LO = $141 k/yr. (3.2% rtn.) HI = $254 k/yr. (ab&b)

    AUV Debt = NIL

  • The Club and Admin Facilities would be ideally located on level1 Facing the Courtyard

    Total Cost of New Club - $

  • Shiel St North Melbourne

    Shows existing Building Heights

    Proposal 2 Levels with 20 units + Admin + Conference Facility

  • Potential AUV Admin & Residential Centre Shiel St.

    Sections

  • Potential AUV Admin & Residential Centre Shiel St.

    Ground Floor

  • Potential AUV Admin & Residential Centre Shiel St.

    First Floor

  • Potential AUV Admin & Residential Centre Shiel St.

    Second Floor

  • Potential AUV Admin & Residential Centre Shiel St.

    Apartments Schedule

  • Potential AUV Admin & Residential Centre Shiel St.

    Additional Available Area

    Summary : New Club complex - Own Admin & Conference Centre + use existing Facilities

    Total AUV Asset Value - $11.8 mil, including + 15x2 Br Units

    Annual Income LO = $264 k/yr. (3.2% rtn.) HI = $477 k/yr. (ab&b)

    AUV DEBT = NIL

  • AUV Stage 2 Options Summary & Recommendation

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