Capel con­sid­ers school fa­cil­i­ties

South Western Times - - News - Emily Ace

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.

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