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Expressions of interest called from community groups for cultural centre
THE Isis Cultural Centre could soon be privately run as the Bundaberg Regional Council looks to hand over management of the Churchill St building.
The move comes after the TSFK Childers Karate Club contacted the council and requested to take over the management of the centre.
But the council will not be handing over the reins right away as it voted to call for expressions of interest from other parties who may wish to manage and operate the facility.
The decision to call for expressions of interest was handed down at an ordinary meeting of the council earlier this week with full support from the councillors.
General manager of Community Gavin Steele said the Isis Cultural Centre was different to some of the council’s other facilities in terms of the revenue it produced.
“There’s about $10,000 of revenue that comes in,” Mr Steele said.
He said who kept the revenue would need to be something the council looked at if it handed over the management of the facility.
“We would have to look at whether council either, as part of the management agreement, still takes a share of that revenue or forgoes it in return for potentially .... them reinvesting that money towards capital improvements and repairs,” he said.
But the council’s move to look at handing over the management rights is not without legal implications.
If the facility is handed over, a formal agreement would be required between the council and successful candidate.
Mr Steele said the condition of the floor in the Isis Cultural Centre was poor, making the council liable should karate activities continue at the facility.
“Potentially the floor could break under a participant, causing injury,” Mr Steele said.
He estimated the repair cost of the floors to be about $100,000 and said it would need to be decided who would carry the financial burden.
“It’s a case of whether council does that work and then hands it over to the operator or whether we’re expecting the operator to, a result of going through this process and collecting that revenue – as council forgoes it – and using supported grants to do the work themselves,” Mr Steele said.
But the first consideration of the council is getting the call for expressions of interest out as quickly as possible, putting on a 14-day deadline.
The call will be advertised in the newspaper and open for 21 days from publication.
PRIVATE OWNERSHIP: The Isis Cultural Centre (main and inset) is soon to be privately managed by a community group.