Duranbah Hall has reached the end of its lifespan
DURANBAH Beach Hall has been earmarked by the NSW Crown Lands Division for commercial development in the next three to five years.
Tweed residents have been asking why they could not hire out Duranbah Beach hall and Tweed Shire Council has ended the mystery.
"I spoke to Volunteer Marine Rescue this morning about hiring out the hall down at Duranbah Beach," Dave Burdon said.
"They informed me that council has said the building is unsafe and cannot be hired."
"This seems strange since the front part stores the council's lifeguard equipment and the other half of the building is public toilets that are still being used"
"Council acting general manager Troy Green said the building had reached the end of its lifespan and was not worth repairing with public funds.
"According to a maintenance audit of the facilities in 2011, the building has reached the end of its lifespan and would require an investment of considerable funds to extend its life," he said.
"The Tweed Coast Reserves Trust - a body of council acts as a trustee for Crown Land - has therefore determined it would be inappropriate to invest further public funds into maintaining the building in the meantime.
"As a result of all this, the trust resolved last year to limit the availability of the building for occupation."
Mr Green said the building would not be occupied from later this month.
"It supported a recommendation to not allow occupation of the building beyond 30 June 2013, unless significant funds were made available to repair the building." he said.
"As part of that decision, it was resolved not to continue the Volunteer Marine Rescue service's lease at the Marine Rescue Point Danger Training Facilities beyond 30 June 2013."