Capel considers school facilities
CAPEL Shire Council was set to decide if it would proceed with an option to buy or manage the Ocean Forest Lutheran College land and buildings at its meeting last night.
The council was voting on a recommendation to lodge a phase two expression of interest form for the proposed sale of the college.
The council received written advice from the college in May that the school would close at the end of this year followed by an Expression of Interest Sale document detailing the proposed sale process and timeframe in July.
The council submitted a phase one Expression of Interest in August which registered the council’s interest in being considered for the purchase of the land and buildings at Dalyellup and was invited to proceed to phase two.
The council authorised an unbudgeted expenditure of up to $13,000 to obtain two valuations of the college land and buildings and will now be required to submit the Expression of Interest before tomorrow to proceed.
In chief executive officer Paul Sheedy’s report to the council, he said while the purchase of the college would “potentially be a priority option to pursue” the council would not be in a position to buy it for several years.
The report also stated the first priority would be to secure the ongoing management of the two ovals, basketball and tennis courts for the community.
Shire president Murray Scott said the Capel Public Library lease would run out next year and he hoped the college could “satisfy all our needs” without having to build a new centre.