Media Releases 2011

Feedback sought on proposed lease of Victoria Park Social Club building

31 January 2011

Victoria ParkYarra Council is seeking community feedback on a proposal to lease the former Social Club building at Victoria Park to the Collingwood Football Club Foundation.

Under the terms of the proposed lease, the Foundation would contribute at least $1 million for works to improve the building, and pay $110,000 (plus GST) in annual rental.

If the lease is approved, Council would agree to the Foundation establishing a community hub and sub-leasing part of the building to the Collingwood Toy Library, Merri District Girl Guides, AFL Sportsready (a not-for-profit employment and training service for young people) and Evolve (a national not-for-profit organisation that delivers early intervention programs for disadvantaged youth).

Yarra Mayor Cr Alison Clarke said the proposed community hub could help turn around the lives of disadvantaged young people.

“There is great potential for this hub to attract young people into employment and education programs that will give them a fresh start,” Cr Clarke said.

“The Collingwood Toy Library has outgrown its current space in the Darling Gardens, so we’d like to see them and the girl guides make a new home at Victoria Park,” she said.

“The grassroots focus of this proposed lease complements the $8 million-plus works which are underway to transform Victoria Park into a well-used recreation place for our community.”

The lease is proposed to run for five years, with an option for two further terms of five years.

Council has been negotiating the terms of the lease with the Foundation for several months after the Foundation was selected as the preferred applicant following an extensive EOI process.

Cr Clarke encouraged community members to provide feedback on the proposal by Monday 28 February 2011. More information is available at this webpage.

Written submissions should be addressed to Council’s Chief Executive Officer, and should be sent to either Yarra Council c/o P.O Box 168, Richmond 3121 or to info@yarracity.vic.gov.au



For media enquiries about this issue, please contact:
Ainslie Gowan
Coordinator Communications and Public Relations
9205 5177, 0400 933 700
ainslie.gowan@yarracity.vic.gov.au


 


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