The new Stanthorpe Council Chambers.
The new Stanthorpe Council Chambers. Liana Turner

Council to lease chambers space to civic centre repairers

UPDATE: 9.05am Friday, September 23

THE Southern Downs Regional Council is looking to temporarily lease out the new Stanthorpe chambers to those conducting repair works on the civic centre.

Council CEO David Keenan has clarified SDRC was looking at temporary leasing space in the new chambers to contractors, after a special council meeting on September 5.

"The reason a report has gone to council is that the new council chambers were not included in the Schedule of General Fees and Charges, adopted as part of the 2016/7 Budget," Mr Keenan said.

"The new chambers have now been put forward as an option for those contractors responding to the Stanthorpe Civic Centre reconstruction works tender to use as a base or a site office.

"Therefore a rate per square metre needed to be determined so as those companies tendering could incorporate this cost into their bid or make other provisions."

Mr Keenan said it would be business as usual at the council's Stanthorpe administration building, as far as the public was concerned.

"There will be no alteration of services from the administration building as a result of this process," Mr Keenan said.

Mr Keenan said council meetings would be held in the old chamber and administration building, as was the case in July.

"The future use of the new chambers is yet to be determined, but may be examined through an Expression of Interest process following the reconstruction works and of which the outcome would be subject to an additional council report," Mr Keenan said.

Initial report:

THE Southern Downs Regional Council is looking to lease out its Stanthorpe chambers.

At a recent special Southern Downs Regional Council meeting, councillors carried a motion to gauge interest in renting space at the Marsh St building.


Stanthorpe council chambers.
Stanthorpe's old council chambers. File

The resolution, which was moved by Cr Neil Meiklejohn and seconded by Cr Sheryl Windle, suggested the council lease out the chambers and officer areas at a cost of $4.73 per square metre per week.

The motion also indicated the council would advertise for expressions of interest for the lease of the council's "Stanthorpe chambers and attached office immediately, or following any short term rental period".

According to the meeting minutes, this expression of interest process would allow the council to gauge interest from commercial or community entities, to estimate the potential income for and to "gain an insight into the potential for alternatives uses for the site".

The decision was made at a special council meeting in Warwick on Monday, September 5.

During this time, councillors also agreed on community representatives from expressions of interest received for council advisory committees.

Cr Rod Kelly was not present at the meeting. All other councillors were in attendance, along with SDRC CEO David Keenan and a number of council officers.

There will be no alteration of services from the Administration building as a result of this process and Council meetings will be held in the old Chamber in the Administration building, as was the case with the last Council meeting in Stanthorpe.