Clearing the confusion

Assomeone who was born and bred in Scone, I am passionate about the local community, I enjoy raising my own family here and running a local business.
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Recently I purchased the old Council Chambers building and I understand some people are concerned about what will happen with the building, so I’m happy to help clear up some of those concerns.

First and most importantly, the library and the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre will stay in the building.

The council is a tenant and they sub-lease to the Library and Resource Centre.

Our community really supports our local library; the children’s activities are popular, people go there to use the WiFi and library staff work hard to make sure we can access a range of materials and services.

The Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre is also a service that is important to our town.

I was actually surprised at the number of services they provide including training for first aid, hiring projectors and equipment, connecting local people to important services such as domestic violence counselling, rural support networks and a long list of things they do for our community.

We are lucky to have such dedicated staff at the library and resource centre and I want them to stay in the building for many years to come.

In terms of changes to the building, there are plans to update the exterior paint, which is salmon pink, to a more subtle colour; since the building exterior is heritage listed the change in paint colour is subject to approval.

The new mural on the outside of the building and the fairy garden will stay.

There will be some changes to the interior and while the interior isn’t under heritage, a development application has been lodged.

I understand some people were concerned about how the sale occurred and as the buyer it was fairly straight forward.

Our business needed a larger building and the old Council Chambers looked ideal, so I approached council to ask if they’d consider selling.

Initially they said it wasn’t on the market, but later they contacted me to say they’d be open to an offer.

After looking at what similar buildings had sold for in town including the Westpac bank and the NAB, I made an offer to council in good faith.

I was told the council process was they would get an independent valuation and then the councillors would vote on the offer.

We were told there were seven councillors who voted and all voted in favour of accepting the offer.

I do understand the community concern around the sale and it’s always fair enough that people can question how their council makes any decision.

But as the buyer, it’s a bit like buying a house, you can put in an offer, but it’s the owner who decides how the property is sold and if they accept an offer.

I can’t answer for council on how they managed the sale, but I can say the Library and Resource Centre will stay and the only significant change to the building people can expect may be a fresh coat of paint.

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