Community to have chance to utilise disused Maylands Autumn Centre

Community to have chance to utilise disused Maylands Autumn Centre

COMMUNITY groups will get the chance to express their interest in utilising the Maylands Autumn Centre after a centre-based senior club dissolved last year.

The Maylands Autumn Club decided to dissolve six months ago, following a decline in membership and volunteers joining the committee.

Members have since joined other senior clubs in Morley and Bayswater.

The centre is located on 55 Ninth Avenue, Maylands and has a main hall with a stage, kitchen, outdoor area with shade, garden beds and a grassed area, four standard car bays and onedisabled car bay.

Bayswater council supported Councillor Catherine Ehrhardt’s motion to authorise chief executive Andrew Brien to seek expressions of interest for lease or use of the centre at the January 30 council meeting.

A report on the expressions of interests will be presented to the council by April 2018.

Cr Ehrhardt said the decision was not committing council to any leases but to find out how many groups wanted to use the facility.

“Worse case scenario, this is a marketing exercise; best case scenario is we are letting a whole bunch of the community know that there is a facility there that can be utilised in the meantime,” she said.

Cr Elli Petersen-Pik said he wanted to keep the site because the City would never be able to afford to buy back the building, which was in the centre of Maylands.

“The proposed expressions of interest process will be open to both non-profit and commercial users whether they will be a community centre or a highly-accessible site for a child care centre,” he said.

An officer’s report recommended any decision be made for the short to medium term or up to three years.

The City will develop a land asset disposal and acquisition strategy and program that looked at the usage levels of buildings, which is expected to start in 2018-19.

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