INDIGO Council is willing to offer a permanent home to Yackandandah’s only service club but it depends on the resolution of the long-running saga surrounding the town’s council offices.
The council this week agreed to hand over Wellsford House to the Yackandandah Lions Club for use as a community centre but only if council staff vacated the building when new offices were built.
It’s a change to the original plans for the Wellsford Street building and Ardsville cottage.
Earlier this year, the council had planned to sell both buildings.
Indigo Shire mayor Barb Murdoch said until the new offices were built, it might not be known whether the council could enter an “occupational agreement” with the Lions Club for the management of Wellsford House.
“More discussions with the Lions Club are needed to flesh out the detail of this resolution and that will take some time,” she said.
“The council needs to decide if Wellsford House will be needed for council purposes and this may not be known until we are much further along in the office project.”
If Wellsford House is handed over to the Lions Club, president John Dale said it would become a community centre, a place where other local clubs could hold meetings.
It would also mean the Lions Club, with its 33 members, would no longer have to meet in busy pubs.
The club would also have a place to store historic memorabilia, flags, banners and a lion suit, all of which is spread among members’ homes across Yackandandah.
“Two rooms in my house are full of Lions Club banners, boxes and paperwork,” Mr Dale said.
“You ask my wife, she’ll tell you.
“They used to be the kids’ bedrooms ... it would be good to get them back because we’ve got grandkids.”
The Lions Club would also build a commercial kitchen to assist the Yackandandah CFA in emergencies.
Meanwhile, the public will have the chance to view the plans for the council offices.
Community consultations will be held at the Yackandandah Sports Park on September 30 and October 1 at 6pm and 8pm.