Tuesday 1 September 2015
Eden residents will have an opportunity next week to talk to Bega Valley Shire Councillors and senior staff about the future of the Hotel Australasia.
On Wednesday September 9, Council will be at Eden Fishermen’s Recreation Club to host the first of the spring season Council Roving Workshops and the community will be welcomed to attend a session dedicated to the future of Hotel Australasia.
The Hotel Australasia session will run from 5.30pm to 7pm at the Fishermen’s Club after a general community Q&A session that runs from 4pm to 5pm.
Mayor, Michael Britten said the meeting will scope a way ahead through bringing together strong community advocates and Council.
“Throughout the campaign to save Eden’s Hotel Australasia we have met with and heard from a large number of dedicated community members, each with the same goal of preserving this heritage building.
“We are looking for a committed community group to present an acceptable business model to Council for the restoration and funding of the heritage section of the building and to work over a period of time with Council to achieve those objectives, and in due course participate in discussing suitable uses for the restored building.
“This group may be drawn from an existing group of Hotel Australasia advocates who already work closely with Council to express the community’s views, or a broader collection of people who strongly support Eden’s heritage values and potential as a successful tourist destination.
“Community thoughts on potential uses for the site and fundraising ideas will be discussed throughout the meeting, and we hope that the foundations of a strong relationship between a newly formed Hotel Australasia group and Council will be the result of the first meeting.
“The meeting and formation of a local group will be the first step towards a community submission required by December this year. Following consideration of the submission Council will meet and determine their position on 3 February 2016.
“We know there is strong support in the community for Council to acquire the Hotel Australasia and now we want to hear the locals’ views and suggestions for the future of the building and an agreed level of community financial support,” Cr Britten said.
The meeting will involve presentations on the Hotel Australasia’s recent history since its latest purchase, plus information on its heritage values and the potential cost of refurbishment.
For more information please call Bega Valley Shire Council on 6499 2222.