CEO: In­di­ana is­sue still with coun­cil

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

MEL­BOURNE-BASED Red Rock En­ter­tain­ment ap­par­ently had un­til last Thurs­day to tell Cottes­loe Coun­cil if it wants to con­tinue leas­ing the In­di­ana restau­rant on Cottes­loe Beach.

“If there is no in­di­ca­tion, we’d have to look at that on Au­gust 4, but it’s not a sim­ple an­swer; we’d have to work through it and meet with them then,” Cottes­loe chief ex­ec­u­tive Mat Hum­frey said be­fore the dead­line.

Asked yes­ter­day if there had been any in­di­ca­tion from Red Rock, Mr Hum­frey said the is­sue was still with coun­cil and Red Rock lawyers had been in “con­stant communication” dur­ing con­fi­den­tial talks.

How­ever, Mr Hum­frey said a joint state­ment would be re­leased as soon as the par­ties were able to do so.

In April, the coun­cil claimed a con­tentious 50-year land lease for the site was in de­fault be­cause Red Rock had not said if it would con­tinue with 15- and 10-year op­tions, fol­low­ing an ini­tial 25year com­po­nent, said to ex­pire on Au­gust 4.

On May 10, Red Rock served the Town with a Supreme Court writ after be­ing given a breach of lease no­tice.

At the Cottes­loe Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on July 28, Mr Hum­frey said if Red Rock did take up the lease op­tions, the com­pany still faced the “hur­dle” of the re­pairs the coun­cil claims are needed at the build­ing.

At the meet­ing, res­i­dents claimed long-term book­ings were not be­ing taken at the restau­rant, there was no ad­ver­tis­ing and tourists in­ter­preted it to be closed.

“I’ve dared to walk in at 10am to 11am in the morn­ing for a cup of cof­fee, only to be told ‘sorry, we’re not open’,” res­i­dent Tim Evans said.

The In­di­ana on Cottes­loe Beach.

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