AS Mayor Margaret Strelow's Your Budget, Your Choice sessions progress, the community is making a clear statement about the Heritage Village.
The Mayor said yesterday the community had placed great value on the facility.
"There's been a clear message that while the community are open to the prospect of the Heritage Village being run by a community group, they don't want to compromise what is special," she said.
"They are sending a clear message that the animals are an essential part of the village, so a static display would not be welcomed."
Friends of the Heritage Village Association president Peter Finnigan said this was good news, but they were still campaigning over other proposed changes.
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"The petition that we have says three things," he said.
"We do not want the woolshed to be leased out, we don't want the animals to be removed and we do want to maintain the current management.
"So that's one out of three you might say; that's really pleasing."
He said the group were sceptical of a change of hands.
"The management being taken over by a community group - we don't see that as being viable," he said.
"They did try to run it by Employment North (years ago) and it didn't work - it had to be handed back to council.
"We just feel that we do need the expertise of the people from the council."
He invited residents to sign their petition at local newsagents.
"We've already got close to 90 sheets with a dozen signatures on each and we've only had it out there for five days," Mr Finnigan said.
Mr Finnigan encouraged residents to show support for the village by attending school holiday events and this Sunday's markets.