Tablelands council to offload 25 public assets

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The Tablelands Regional Council is set to scrap a number of community buildings across the shire which will include,

The Millaa Millaa RSL hall, Mt Garnet town hall, Herberton Tennis Club, Mt Garnet SES shed, Atherton CWA hall, Atherton Community Centre, Herberton town hall, Malanda Majestic Theatre, Atherton Community Centre’s Tableland Dog Obedience Club club house, Marshall Park at Ravenshoe’s Judo club house, Millaa Millaa Golf Club, Atherton’s Hallorans Hill observation building, the Malanda School of the Arts building, Ravenshoe RSL building, Atherton SES shed, and Millaa Millaa sporting hall.

The move follows a 2020 workshop to look at “various community facilities that were approaching end-of-life, under-utilised or surplus to community needs”.

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from cairns post 31.3.22

TABLELANDS Regional Council is poised to get rid of a slew of community buildings across the shire.

A report to be considered by council at its meeting on Thursday, names assets for council to potentially ditch.

They include the Millaa Millaa RSL hall, Mt Garnet town hall, Herberton Tennis Club, Mt Garnet SES shed, Atherton CWA hall, Atherton Community Centre, Herberton town hall, Malanda Majestic Theatre – built in 1928, Atherton Community Centre’s Tableland Dog Obedience Club club house, Marshall Park at Ravenshoe’s Judo club house, Millaa Millaa Golf Club, Atherton’s Hallorans Hill observation building, the Malanda School of the Arts building, Ravenshoe RSL building, Atherton SES shed, and Millaa Millaa sporting hall.

Gary Rinehart is the fifth chief executive of Tablelands Regional Council in five years. Picture: supplied.

Gary Rinehart is the fifth chief executive of Tablelands Regional Council in five years. Picture: supplied.

The Atherton Performing Arts building is a heritage-listed former military depot built in 1943.

“Council Officers have commenced investigations into the use of such facilities to support recommendations in relation to their future including, if appropriate, the best way to dispose of them,” the report stated.

The recommendation is to investigate all assets for potential disposal but with community engagement.

Council held a workshop in 2020 to look at “various community facilities that were approaching end-of-life, under-utilised or surplus to community needs” with 25 assets named.

Yungaburra Memorial Hall was slated for demolition but Yungaburra Men’s Shed has stepped forward and offered to maintain the building and make it available to other community groups.

Some groups have leased premises to 2025.

Council was formed following amalgamation of the Atherton, Eacham, Mareeba and Herberton municipalities.

Uncertainty surrounds the future of Malanda Falls Caravan Park. Picture: Bronwyn Farr.

Uncertainty surrounds the future of Malanda Falls Caravan Park. Picture: Bronwyn Farr.

Mareeba residents voted to de-amalgamate in a referendum.

Council has been in some turmoil with a probe by external consultants finding mutual trust and respect between councillors and staff was at a low level.

Chief executive Gary Rinehart has been in the role since June, having acted in the role since March in an interim capacity after interim chief executive Bob Owen resigned eight months into a 14-month appointment.

He is the fifth chief executive in five years.

It has copped fierce criticism over its management of Malanda Falls Caravan Park and Lakeside Caravan Park at Yungaburra, where permanent residents have been given marching orders.

It is understood the popular and highly effective managers of Malanda Falls Caravan Park have applied to lease the park – which council no longer wants to manage – but more than a year later, council is yet to finalise lease arrangements.

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