Lease agreement hold up to centre

BANANA Shire Council is encountering obstacles with granting the lease for the Moura Youth Centre project.

An update status was discussed at Wednesday's monthly meeting, with Commercial Services director Andrew Reid saying the hold-up was sorting out the lease agreement for Scouts.

“Scouts Australia wants a permanent tenure in the new lease,” he said.

Mr Reid said a part of the problem was there could not be a sub-lease in a trustee lease, which was how the centre would be set up.

The lease group, that will sign the trustee lease, has yet to be set up.

“We can't give them something until that new entity is in place,” chief executive Ray Geraghty said.

Cr Maureen Clancy said Scouts were part of the working party and thought it could be a possibility that Scouts could become part of the lease group/committee.

She said on the other hand, it also only came down to the Scouts needing a lease to ensure their right to use the facility for their one-night-a-week meetings.

It was also raised that there seemed to be communication problem between Scouts Australia and Scouts Moura, but the council was determined to include both parties in discussions. The site for the youth centre is on a reserve on the corner of Gillespe and Master streets, which was leased to Scouts Australia.

The council has secured $500,000 from the Department of Communities – Bowen Basin Sustainability Fund to build the centre and accepted a tender from Austco Modular Pty Ltd last month.



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