Progress at Beechworth on Mayday Hills

LATE last year the proposed redevelopment of Beechworth’s Mayday Hills was looking in serious doubt.

Heritage Victoria had imposed a list of 12 conditions co-owner George Fendyk said were far too onerous.

But there is now hope the impasse will be resolved by a proposal to replace freehold titles with thousand-year leases.

Mr Fendyk said it would cost many millions of dollars to make the repairs to the site required by Heritage Victoria.

Now he says while the two parties aren’t in full agreement, they are closer to having an understanding of each other’s position and there were fewer hurdles blocking progress on the project.

What is known is that Mayday Hills will no longer be home to a new cycling tourism and training hub after a separate deal fell through.

Instead other North East sites are now being assessed for the Beehive Project, which will also include a rural entrepreneurship education centre.

The same agreement that has replaced freehold titles with leases was the reason why the project founders are looking elsewhere for a new home to a centre expected to create up to 90 jobs and $5 million a year in economic activity.

An appeals case before Heritage Victoria is still to be heard.