Public interest welcome for former Bunya Sports Club facility
Moreton Bay Regional Council is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) for a new tenant to lease or manage the former Bunya Sports Club facility within the James Drysdale Reserve, Bunya.
Councillor for Division 10, Matt Constance, said the EOI process would allow Council to gauge public interest in the facility, following recent news that Aspley Leagues Club would cease to operate the Bunya Sports Club from 1 September 2016.
"We know this is an important facility in the Hills community," Councillor Constance said.
"Throughout the EOI process, Council will be focused on delivering the best possible outcome for residents.
"Applications are welcome from all groups including commercial, community and not-for-profit, but ultimately applicants will be judged on what benefits they can bring to our local community, and to the venue’s long-term sustainability.
"I am very eager to see what ideas are put forward and excited to see this facility reinvigorated for our community.”
Councillor Constance said given the range of possibilities for the use of the facility, an EOI process was ideal.
"We expect our call for interest will attract a broad response in how this facility can be used," Councillor Constance said.
"The lessee could use the facility solely for its own purposes, partner with other organisations, or hire part of the facility out for other community use.
"Alternatively, a management agreement could allow the successful applicant to manage the use of the space on behalf of Council including setting hire fees, taking bookings and maintaining financial records."
Applications will open this Saturday, 20 August and close 5.00pm Friday, 16 September 2016. Council will then assess the submissions, with the view to appoint a successful applicant as early as November 2016.
Local community groups or organisations wanting to register to receive an EOI Pack can contact Council on (07) 3205 0555 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Councillor Constance said throughout the transition period, Council would continue to assist the small number of groups that currently meet at the facility.
"Council staff are working closely with community groups who currently meet at the Bunya Sports Club to minimise disruptions wherever possible." he said