Mo­tion for coun­cil to buy hall on hold

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By ROSANNA CANDLER

THERE is fu­ture scope for the City of Subiaco to pur­chase the 107-year-old Subiaco Scout Hall on Rokeby Road, says Mayor Heather Hen­der­son.

Coun­cil­lor Scott Ar­buckle pre­sented an elected mem­ber’s mo­tion at a coun­cil meet­ing last month to pur­chase the “sig­nif­i­cant her­itage as­set” for about $1.5 mil­lion to be adapted into a com­mu­nity hall.

But Mrs Hen­der­son said coun­cil­lors voted to move on to the next item of busi­ness, as more in­for­ma­tion from staff was re­quired.

“This is not dead in the wa­ter, it will prob­a­bly come back some­time soon as an elected mem­ber’s mo­tion,” she said.

Cr Ar­buckle said the Scout As­so­ci­a­tion of WA op­posed the City rais­ing the her­itage sig­nif­i­cance of the build­ing in Oc­to­ber 2014 as it may have af­fected the value of the prop­erty.

He said the 1st Subiaco Scout Group was look­ing to sell the Scout Hall once they lo­cated an al­ter­na­tive site.

“Should the build­ing not pass into public own­er­ship, there is a risk that it will be lost to the com­mu­nity as it will be sold for re­de­vel­op­ment,” Cr Ar­buckle said.

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