Harris calling for local nominations

By Daniel Hughes

Finley is at risk of losing local representation in the South West Music program, and in an extreme case, the weekly classes not being held locally.

South West Music Board will be having their AGM tomorrow night September 26, however, there is a chance the board will lose all representation in the Southern Riverina.

The board currently has a very strong selection of Deniliquin members but once ex-president Jane Harris officially steps down as a board member tomorrow, there will likely be no one to take her place unless someone comes forward for nomination.

Jane Harris has been a board member for the last six years, with the first five years as president of the board.

After stepping down last year to a smaller role, Deniliquin local Karlie Rundle took up the position and continues to hold it.

Mrs Harris came through the program as a child and envisioned her kids coming through it as well when they are old enough.

Now they are, with her kids heavily involved in the weekly lessons.

‘‘We want to keep music healthy in the region, one way of doing that is to have representation in the board,’’ she said.

The South west Music Regional Conservatorium is one of 17 in the region and is partly funded by the Department of Education.

Mrs Harris is also currently involved in the music program on a personal level learning the piano.

‘‘My family is really enjoying the music program being so readily available and those involved want to keep it Finley based.’’