Outsourcing Bega Town Hall management

An artist's impression of the new Bega Civic Centre.

An artist's impression of the new Bega Civic Centre.

WITH construction of the Bega Civic Centre on track, Bega Valley Shire Council is considering outsourcing the management of the facility. 

At the BVSC meeting on Wednesday, councillors will vote on a recommendation to seek expressions of interest from venue management companies.

“When complete the centre will be a regional facility that has the capacity to attract a range of local, regional, interstate and international acts as well as a range of community uses, including conferences, graduations, civic events and council meetings,” the agenda states.

“The facility is on track to be completed in the first half of 2015 and it is timely that council begins to investigate management models to ensure the facility reaches its potential.”

The recommendation also asks that staff develop a direct management model for council to consider. 

Short turnaround means smaller agenda

WITH the Bega Valley Shire Council coming around only two weeks after the last due to scheduling, the agenda is smaller than usual. 

Zoning will be addressed first with a recommendation regarding the preparation of a planning proposal to permit detached dual occupancy development in the RU1 Primary Production and RU2 Rural Landscape zones. 

Council will also recommend nine applicants of the 12 received get funding from the 2014-15 Community Environmental Grants Program. 

The funding for the program, $40,000, will be taken from the council’s Environment Levy.

Recipients of this year’s Youth Tertiary Scholarships – two $1000 scholarships for university students and two $500 TAFE scholarships – will be announced. 

Funding for the repair and maintenance of Bega Valley halls, after consultation with various hall committees, will also be recommended. 

Of the $74,000 proposed for allocation, the $23,045 needed for much-need electrical upgrades and urgent roof repairs at Bemboka Memorial Hall is the most expensive item. 

The meeting will start at 2pm Wednesday and is open to the public.

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