Call for re­view of the Grove

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BASSETT

MOSMAN Park Coun­cil wants to in­ves­ti­gate oper­a­tions at The Grove li­brary and com­mu­nity cen­tre it jointly runs with Cottesloe and Pep­per­mint Grove coun­cils.

“We are still op­er­at­ing un­der the orig­i­nal con­struc­tion agree­ment and there are ar­eas in that which are no longer rel­e­vant,” Mosman Park Mayor Ron Nor­ris said.

The coun­cils part­nered to build the $17 mil­lion fa­cil­ity, com­mis­sioned in 2010, which also houses Pep­per­mint Grove coun­cil.

The build­ing had prob­lems with some of its en­vi­ron­men­tal sys­tems and the com­mu­nity cen­tre is con­sid­ered a fi­nan­cial drain by some Mosman Park coun­cil­lors.

Af­ter open­ing, is­sues in­cluded the cen­tre los­ing $63,000 in 2012-13, $147,000 spent on a new hot-wa­ter bore and a wind tur­bine be­ing too low.

In 2016, Mosman Park agreed to re­view The Grove and af­ter clos­ing the June meet­ing to the public, coun­cil­lors agreed to again ask Cottesloe and Pep­per­mint Grove coun­cils to re­view the build­ing’s man­age­ment agree­ment and li­brary oper­a­tions.

They will give the re­view’s busi­ness case to Pep­per­mint Grove coun­cil, ask for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into “com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion” of the com­mu­nity cen­tre and dis­cuss pro­vid­ing $40,000 for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the 2017-18 Mosman Park bud­get.

The re­quests fol­low Cr Zenda John­son writ­ing a case for the re­views, statis­tics gath­ered com­par­ing The Grove with other WA li­braries, and lawyers Mcleods re­view­ing the man­age­ment agree­ment, be­fore sug­gest­ing changes.

Asked if his coun­cil wanted to cut costs at The Grove, Mr Nor­ris said there was “no ques­tion” the coun­cils wanted it to de­liver for res­i­dents, but “op­ti­mum” use had to be con­sid­ered.

“Per­haps the li­brary, the com­mu­nity ar­eas and the gar­den could be used for com­mer­cial events which would gen­er­ate ad­di­tional rev­enue, but we won’t know un­less we look and that is what the pro­posed re­view is in­tended to achieve,” he said.

Pep­per­mint Grove chief ex­ec­u­tive John Mer­rick said it was “im­pos­si­ble” to com­ment be­cause his coun­cil had not been told of the pro­pos­als, and a Cottesloe coun­cil spokes­woman said it would com­ment af­ter talks with the other coun­cils.

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