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Ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est called from com­mu­nity groups for cul­tural cen­tre

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By LEAH KIDD Leah.Kidd@news-mail.com.au

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.

PHOTO: ZACH HOGG

PRI­VATE OWN­ER­SHIP: The Isis Cul­tural Cen­tre (main and in­set) is soon to be pri­vately man­aged by a com­mu­nity group.

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