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Do it for Shorty

Monday, 9th May, 2016

Irene Hamilton will head a walk to farewell the beloved Shorty O’ Neil Village before it is put up for auction next month. Irene Hamilton will head a walk to farewell the beloved Shorty O’ Neil Village before it is put up for auction next month.

By Erica Visser

A mayoral candidate will head a tribute walk for Shorty O’Neil Village next weekend. 

Irene Hamilton was behind a failed bid to reinstate the village after Council moved to close it by March this year.

With an auction date looming for the sentimental site, Ms Hamilton is encouraging locals who would like to ‘farewell’ it to meet at the Shorty Village shop from 1pm Sunday May 15.

“I thought the village shouldn’t just close with a whimper, with no one say anything or doing anything,” Ms Hamilton said.

“I have been up and down Argent Street sticking up flyers. It’s still a topic at the front of people’s minds so I thought there should be some sort of ‘bye’ process.”

Ms Hamilton planned to focus on the city’s vulnerable, including the aged and disabled, as part of her election platform but was quick to emphasise Sunday’s event was more about sharing good memories.

“It was pretty special, a safe and supportive place to live,” she said.

“Everybody is welcome to be there by 1pm for a group photo. If you’re with a fitness group, come dressed up, or perhaps in your footy colours.

“People don’t have to walk, they can come and say hello. It’s pretty informal.

“We’ll just encourage everyone to wander around and share their stories.”

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