One of the major problems of running Eesti Maja is the lack of funds to carry out much-needed maintenance & repairs, let alone renovations. In order to generate
revenue, the Co-op proposes to commercially lease out parts of EM. This potential income would allow the Co-op to plan the future of EM. It should be noted that the shop is already rented and that the small offices upstairs were previously rented for a while.
If it becomes apparent that the funds raised can support future renovations, then the Co-op board would seek ideas for improvements to EM to make it a more friendly & relevant meeting place for all Estonians. Hopefully, then a master plan can be agreed upon, that falls within the Co-op budget.
Once a master plan has been formulated, a general meeting should be called to present the proposal to the Estonian community for discussion. At this meeting Co-op will welcome any other ideas from the community.
If the master plan proposal proves to be viable, the Estonian community will gain a modern, functioning, user-friendly space that will attract more Estonians to EM. An important feature of this scheme is that EM will maintain its existing use rights, ownership & control within the Estonian community.
After all, Eesti Maja belongs to the community and its future should be decided by that community.
|Eesti Maja - New Direction The Estonian House Co-operative Society Limited (Co-op) shareholders have clearly declared, at the last AGM, that they wish the newly elected Co-op board to take a new direction. As a result, the new Co-op board would like to have a more pragmatic & logical approach to making improvements to Eesti Maja (EM) Sydney.|