When the Central Goldfields Shire Council’s draft occupancy policy was first endorsed in May it caused a “breakdown” among community groups, however council has since been working with the community to clarify and resolve issues outlined in the draft.
The draft policy seeks to provide security of tenure, an equitable and transparent pricing structure and a clear understanding of maintenance and reporting responsibilities for community groups which occupy or use council owned buildings.
According to council, a majority of their approximately 100 buildings which are used or occupied by community groups have no formal written agreement, which Central Goldfields Shire general manager corporate performance Paul Brumby said presents an issue for both council and community groups.
“More than 60 percent of our buildings at the moment are occupied without an agreement at all. That creates issues for community groups with security of tenure and clarity of agreement,” he said.
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