In the meantime, it secures 20 year lease
Central Coast Council has given notice of a proposed 20 lease to MIngara Recreation Club over The Greens at The Entrance – Bowling Club.
Under the Local Government Act, Council is required to give Public Notice for the proposed lease over the land.
The public has until 5pm October 7 to submit objections or comments to the Council.
The move comes weeks after the club updated members on the future of the land.
Mingara Leisure Group announced on August 9 that it had received approval from Central Coast Council to purchase the land parcel.
“We are working with Council on the re-classification of this land, which will take some time to be finalised before the purchase can be completed,” Mingara CEO Paul Barnett said.
“This acquisition is another positive step forward in redeveloping The Greens, The Entrance and securing the future of the club for many years to come,” he said.
The sale was first mooted as part of the Council’s Tranche Three land sales in 2021 which were part of Council’s business recovery plan.
In July 2021, the Council agreed to Council to provide owner’s consent for The Mingara Leisure Group to prepare, lodge and manage a development application and all other consents to subdivide the land for sale.
The land was part of a long list of land Council intended to sell to raise $60M in land sales.
At the recent August meeting of Council, the Administrator Rik Hart said the $60M has been reached.
The land at 2-4 Park Rd, The Entrance is currently classified “community” land under the Local Government Act and can not be sold and can not be leased for longer than 21 years at a time.
Council has to reclassify “community” land as “operational” land before it can be sold and it must include a period of community consultation.
Mingara also announced the regional planning panel had approved its development application to rebuild the club which was demolished after an electrical fire in March 2020.
The DA was approved with deferred consent, requiring Mingara Leisure Group to address some unresolved encroachment issues with the property boundaries, some of which date back to when the club first began, some 80 years ago.
In addition, extra car parking will be required between Taylor Street and Park Road.
The development application allowed for 69 parking spaces while the guidelines indicated 118 should be allowed.
The third green will make way for the expanded new building which is expected to cost more than $20M.
The 20 year lease gives the club security of tenure while it prepares to build and continues the process of buying the land.