No agreement on community centre

NEGOTIATIONS between the NSW Government and Tweed Shire Council still have not been settled over the lease price for the new community centre in Murwillumbah.

During last month's council meeting it was made known that the government owned the land the council had planned to build the new centre on.

The government wanted the land lease to cost as much as a commercial lease.

The council is hoping to negotiate a fairer rate because the community centre is for public use.

The construction of the new community centre is scheduled to be completed in September 2012.

The new community centre will be south of the existing community centre in Knox Park.

The plans for the new community centre include 14 individual office spaces, a youth centre, a kitchen area, as well as shared reception and office spaces.

Cr Kevin Skinner said the larger, more updated facility was much-needed by the Murwillumbah community.

The current community centre only has one room for group meetings to be held in and has to be shared among several groups and organisations.

Cr Skinner stated that he did not think the opening date of the new community centre will be delayed because of the controversy over lease prices.



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