Council moves closer to a lease for Hastings Club

Published on 11 October 2017

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Council resolved at its Council Meeting on Tuesday 10 October to advertise its intent to enter into a lease with the Hastings Cricket and Football Social Club.

The lease will be for a period of 21 years at a commencement rental of $42,000 per annum plus GST with increases of $5,000 per annum in Years 2 and 3 and then adjusted annually by three per cent from Year 4 onwards.

The Club’s lease expired in December 2016 and it has remained in occupation of the premises since that time on an overholding basis on the same terms and conditions, pending Council’s decision on a new lease.

A report recommending the 21-year lease was presented to Council on 27 June 2017 where Council resolved to defer its decision to allow sufficient time for Councillors to meet with representatives of the Club.

A meeting with the Club was then held on 24 July 2017 at the Council Offices in Hastings with Councillors Kate Roper and Bryan Payne in attendance.

A valuation was sought by the Valuer-General who assessed the commercial ground rental value at $60,000 per annum plus GST. On the basis that the commercial activities on the premises are undertaken by a community group, the proposed rent reflects a 30% discount on this valuation.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bev Colomb said Council recognises the club’s significant history and community benefit. 

“We know the club is well-loved by Hastings and wider community. It has been in operation since the 1970s and provides social facilities for its members,” said Councillor Colomb.

Cerberus Ward Councillor Kate Roper added “my intention is always to improve facilities and wellbeing in my community. The rent paid will go back into continual upgrades to Hastings Park and assistance for those struggling in our community”.

Any submissions received to council’s proposed lease will be considered at a Section 223 meeting as required under the Local Government Act 1989.