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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 30, No. 1. 1967.

Union Extensions Unlikely To Start

Union Extensions Unlikely To Start

The planned extensions to the Student Union are unlikely to start this year because of the economic situation.

This means the proposed liquor licence for the cafeteria is even further off.

The liquor licence would have provided students over the age of 18 with facilities to drink wine or beer with meals

The restaurant would probably have to be open to the public before a licence was granted.

II would attract those members of the public visiting the University for plays, concerts or evening lectures.

Sound plans

The final plans for the extensions were sent to the University Grants Committee in October last year. At presenl they are being examined by the Ministry of Works.

"Structurally and archtteclurally they are sound," stated Mr. Richards, chief engineer for the Ministry of Works. "It is very unlikely that they will be considered unsatisfactory in any respect. We will give our decision in about a week."

Even though the plans are accepted by the government it is unlikely the extensions will be built this year.

Lecture Rooms

The reason was made clear by Mr. Allen, the Building Programmer for the Education Department: "If you had to make the decision to build either a new group of lecture rooms, or to put an extension on a Student Union Building. which would you choose?

"At present there are no plans for reductions in university buildings, but the Government has to reduce expenditure. Reduction will depend on essentiality," he added.

Until the Cabinet Works Committee meets no decision is possible. Though students may consider the extensions vital it is unlikely Cabinet will feel the same way.

Hence, the university will remain a "dry" area for some time to come.