4.19PM: INDIGO Council will investigate a “generous” offer to shift its rundown and cramped Beechworth offices to Mayday Hills.
All councillors received a copy of the offer on Monday, just 24 hours before a decision was to be made on refurbishing the town hall office block.
Mayor Barb Murdoch and at least one other councillor were aware of the offer before then, touring The Pines building of the former mental health asylum and more recently university campus with the new owners.
The Border Mail has been told the offer is “generous” and has the support of the community that has been divided over plans to extend the council’s existing offices in the historic precinct of the town.
Councillors on Tuesday night voted to adjourn any decision about office accommodation at Beechworth while it investigates the offer.
Today Cr Murdoch said they needed time to investigate the offer.
“All councillors received a copy of the offer on Monday and there simply wasn’t enough time between then and the meeting on Tuesday to make an informed decision,” she said.
“It would basically mean shifting the Beechworth offices to Mayday Hills
“The chief executive and staff are looking at the potential to do that and we are targetting this information being available for next month’s council meeting.
“I had been made aware of the offer several days area and myself and another councillor went for a tour of building.
“Look it’s a great building but I will defer to the experts as to whether it suits our needs or in fact can be done.”
Cr Murdoch acknowledged the delay in the Beechworth project but emphasised that Council would be failing in its duty to the community if it did not fully investigate the offer from the owners of Mayday Hills.
“Last night we also confirmed our intention to build a new office building in Yackandandah in line with our original plans, but with some changes such as excluding the Ardsville building from the design and selling that building, and investigating other buildings in the shire to cater for the reduced capacity of the new Yackandandah building.”