Changes for city’s Wesley

Brendan Scale speaks at a forum in Horsham’s Wesley Performing Arts Centre in 2014. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRIHORSHAM Rural City Council will manage the city’s Wesley Performing Arts Centre.
Nanjing Night Net

Councillors voted on Monday night to developa lease agreement with the Wesley management committee to operate the centre.

The committee owns and manages the centre.

Council staff have managed venue hire and bookings since the mid 2000s.

Council’s community services director Angela Murphy said the committee expressed interest in council owning and managing the centre.

The committee passed a resolution in June to transfer financial and operational management for the centre to council. This issubject to resolving payments for insurance, council rates, water rates and other operational expenses.

Ms Murphy said by taking this approach, the committee would not receive any income from the centre and this would affect their ability to cover some costs that council would not incur.

She said under the proposed lease agreement, the centre could meet its financial commitments throughcouncil granting arates exemption under the cultural and recreational concession policy.

Council would support the centre with a lease payment of up to $6500 a year, and the centre’s insurance payments would also be reviewed.

Ms Murhpy said Wesley operations had been factored in to the Horsham Town Hall business plan and council’s 2015-16 budget.

The lease arrangement will be in place for two years to work through possible transfer of ownership.

Council asked astructural engineer to prepare a report on the building’s condition.

Ms Murphy said the engineer had inspected the building but all parties were yet to assess the report.

Cr PamClarke said council managing the centrewas a good outcome.“The Wesley committee and council have worked very closely and we should support it. It’s a win-win,” she said.

Cr HeatherPhillips said it wasa logical conclusion to an issue that had been going on for years.

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