The BBay Bowlo looks to have a new use for the next five years

The Beagle Editor,

If the many rumours we are hearing from all quarters are correct Council has off- loaded the old Batemans Bowing club site to Roads and Maritime Services for them to use as the administration and works depot centre while the Nelligen and Batemans Bay Bridges are being constructed. If it hasn't happened already it is rumoured to be happening this week that a five year lease will be signed for the use of the site. This raises a few questions: Question 1: Will they use the old Bowling Club Building? In the motion by Councillor Pollock on August 29th it was moved and adopted that: Council make a decision on the potential demolition of the former Batemans Bay Bowling Club building once a decision is made on the development of the Mackay Park Precinct. We have been led to believe by senior Council staff, when access to the building was sought, that the building is too dangerous for any community inspection with "mould and dangerous hanging electricity wires". So will the RMS spend considerable funds to restore the building to operational or request it be demolished. And if it is to be demolished who will pay. It has been long considered that a PPP would see the developer pay for the demolition however as there is no developer the cost of demolition would have to fall back to the ratepayer. Question 2: As the site-office is not part of "the site" would the business being conducted there be allowable under current zonings ? Would re categorisation of the zoning be required or would existing use rights be applied. No doubt there will be a rental paid but that would have to be fractional to the rental for a commercial site as the use is very much industrial. Will this rental cover the 2 million dollar loan that Council took out to buy the site? And have the Performance Arts group and the Sunset Committee been advised of the rumoured RMS 5 year lease? Let's hope so. One thing is for sure and that is that won't be available to anyone else for a while. It would have made a great car sales lot and returned good income. Wonder if it was offered to the private sector for their consideration to lease before it was offered to the RMS ? And the lease details? Well, they will be "commercial in confidence" won't they? But then it might just all be a big rumour and Council is going ahead and refurbishing the old Bowlo after all - Watch this Space

Allan Brown



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