Elephants and all, there are plans for Raj Mahal
THE Raj Mahal at Woolgoolga may well be on the way to recovery, with the Woolgoolga Chamber of Commerce planning on meeting with owner Salinder Salindera to discuss the future of the site.
The rundown centre has remained defaced and unoperational after vandals caused more than $450,000 worth of damage to the premises in February 2007.
And, in a bid to get things moving and make something useful out of the rundown site, Chamber president Greg Ray said he intends on meeting with Raj Mahal owner Salinder Salindera to discuss potential ideas for the future.
“It's a good site, on the doorstep of town. It's a great opportunity to lift the whole image of the town,” Mr Ray said.
“At the moment it really is a disincentive for people coming in.”
Mr Ray also plans on asking Mr Salindera if he would donate the elephants to the Woolgoolga community.
“And if the community is prepared to support the idea, we could set about raising the funds to restore the elephants and move them into the heart of the township,” Mr Ray said.
“They are potential tourist icons for Woolgoolga, and if restored would provide an invaluable drawcard to visitors.”
“We've written Mr Salindera a letter asking to meet to discuss possible options for the site, and I'd be delighted if he would sit down with us.”
Mr Salindera said he had recieved a letter outlining the chamber's intentions and had not yet spoken personally to Mr Ray, but that he would be more than happy to sit down and discuss the future for the site.
“I'm happy to discuss any matter, any problem in the community,” he said.